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National Museum puts Cadel Evans's 2008 Tour de France bike on show

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Cadel Evans's 2008 Tour de France Ridley 'Helium' road bike. Cycle Traveller

Cadel Evans's 2008 Tour de France bike will go on special display at the National Museum of Australia for the next week to celebrate the National Capital Tour cycling event.

The Canberra-based museum recently acquired the Ridley 'Helium' road bike as part of its Cycling in Australia project – a historical bicycle exhibit set to travel Australia in mid-2014.

As a sneak peak to the exhibit, and to coincide with visiting cyclists for the National Capital Tour cycling races, Evans's bike will be on display in the main hall from today until September 24.

“Cadel Evans is a cycling hero and we hope people will take the opportunity to come and see his bike over the next week,” said National Museum senior curator, Daniel Oakman.

Australian cyclist Cadel Evans rode this Ridley 'Helium' road bike during the 2008 Tour de France, in which he held the coveted Yellow Jersey for five stages before finishing the three-week race in second place.

Evans later became the first Australian to win the Tour De France in 2011.

The Cycling in Australia project has also launched a new website to showcases the Museum’s cycling collections and the bicycle’s role in Australian life over the last 140 years. The website provides a sneak peak of next year's travelling bicycle exhibition.

Image: Cadel Evans's 2008 Ridley 'Helium' road bike. 

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