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Letter of Authenticity associated with the Ridley 'Helium' road bike ridden by Cadel Evans during the 2008 Tour de France

2013.0030.0002

Letter of Authenticity associated with the Ridley 'Helium' road bike ridden by Cadel Evans during the 2008 Tour de France

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Physical description

A certificate with black printed text on white paper, which partially reads ?Letter of Authenticity / Cadel Evans / Ridley Helium / 2008 Tour de France bike?. The text at the bottom of the page reads, ?Signed on the 20th of March 2009 in Milan.? followed by a signature with ?Cadel Evans? printed below it.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of a white, red and black Ridley ?Helium? bicycle ridden by cycling champion Cadel Evans (1977-) when he came second in the General Classification in the 2008 Tour de France road race. An associated bicycle stand and letter of authenticity signed by Evans are also included in the collection. The bicycle was custom made for the Silence-Lotto professional road riding team for the event and has been signed by Evans. It has a carbon fibre frame and fork and Campagnola components and is in a good state of conservation.

The 'Cadel Evans collection no. 2' offers insight into the career of one of the nation's most highly acclaimed professional racing cyclists, identified within a long tradition of Australian riders travelling to Europe to compete in professional spheres. This bicycle demonstrates the trajectory of Evans' early successes in the Tour de France, the legendary three-week stage race held every July. In 2008, Evans held the coveted leader's yellow jersey for five stages but ultimately lost the race to Spain's Carlos Sastre. He would go on to win in 2011.

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