There will always be debate about whether Cadel Evans' Tour de France win is the greatest sporting achievement ever by an Australian.
Officially, it is Australia's greatest of the past 12 months after Evans was named winner of The Don award for the year's most inspirational sporting moment.
Evans' cycling heroics beat an impressive field, including track heroine Sally Pearson and US Open tennis champion Sam Stosur to claim the award at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame function in Melbourne on Thursday night.
Evans, who was unable to attend in person, rated the award one of his career highlights.
"I'm very honoured, I'm very overwhelmed to receive The Don award," Evans said via video message from Europe.
"It's a great honour in the world of sport, and in every sport."
Retired sprinting great Cathy Freeman was elevated to an Australian sport legend - the 33rd person to be recognised with the honour.
Seven sports personalities were inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the function.
Test cricket's most successful fast bowler Glenn McGrath, surfing champion Layne Beachley, boxer Kostya Tszyu, triathlete Greg Welch and cricketer Belinda Clark joined the sports Hall of Fame.
Women's basketball administrator Lorraine Landon and sportswriter Judy Joy Davies were inducted into the Hall of Fame's general category.