Tour de France champion Cadel Evans and his wife Chiara Passerini, are in the process of adopting a 12-month-old boy from Ethiopia and hope to have him living with them in Stabio, Switzerland, by next month according to a report by Sydney Herald.
Passerini dropped a clue of their plan with a tweet: ”We had the most special Christmas of our lives …” the day after Christmas. Attached to the tweet was a picture of her holding a baby’s hand.
Then Evans, 34, who in July became the first Australian to win the Tour, yesterday tweeted: ”Being quieter on Twitter … busy babysitting! ;o)”
Soon after Evans’s tweet, Passerini confirmed to the Herald that the couple had applied to adopt an Ethiopian boy and this was the reason for their early departure from Australia on December 16.
It was understood that Evans’s decision to return to his Swiss base was so he could train in the peace of a European winter after a hectic visit that included a number of sponsors’ appearances and media commitments.
But Passerini yesterday told the Herald: ”Going to Ethiopia was our reason for the early departure from Australia. We came here to bring home our little 12-month-old boy after months of paperwork.
”We always felt the strong wish to adopt, so we decided to start our family through adoption. It certainly wasn’t an easy process but we’re very happy to bring our little man home with us in the next few weeks, depending how the final paperwork goes.”
The timing has been near perfect, considering Evans will soon be at the start line of the 2012 season, in which he will defend his Tour title. After that he hopes to race for Australia at the London Olympics in the road races and then the world road championships in Valkenburg, the Netherlands.
Getting their adopted child next month will allow Evans and Passerini to spend time with him at home before the season gets under way.