Aussie’s aim to gain the edge

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEB­BIE SCHIPP

EVEN the most ded­i­cated haters of bike paths were won over last year when a never- say- die Cadel Evans be­came the first Aus­tralian to win the his­toric Tour de France.

It took Evans ( pic­tured) seven at­tempts to take his first vic­tory, and he’s back again this year for all 21 stages.

SBS has again se­cured all the live ac­tion of a race steeped in his­tory – this is the 99th Tour – and will broad­cast ev­ery gru­elling stage live.

In this year’s Tour, Aus­tralia’s first pro­fes­sional cy­cling team, GreenEDGE, is mak­ing its in­au­gu­ral ap­pear­ance.

SBS cov­er­age starts in earnest tonight with cov­er­age of stage one start­ing at 10pm.

With Wim­ble­don also play­ing out, and the Lon­don Olympics loom­ing, it’s time for sports freaks to get ad­justed to those late nights and for­eign time zones.

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