Cadel Evans will make his 2014 debut at the Australian national road championships in Ballarat on January 12, 2014.
The 2011 Tour de France champion is heading into what might be his final season in the WorldTour but the BMC rider has added the national road race to his racing calendar, which already includes the Tour Down Under and the Giro d’Italia.
“The nationals road race presents the first genuine racing opportunity of the year.” said Evans in a press release issued by the race organisers.
“Provided my training form continues as planned and following a final consultation with my team, I’m looking forward to lining up on Sunday morning for a solid hit out against a quality field.”
Evans has not taken part in the nationals since 2005 and has usually built his season on a solid start in the European race circuit. He will line up for nationals as BMC’s single entry to the race with the field dominated by riders from Orica GreenEdge and Drapac.
“It’s always going to be a challenge taking on the larger teams such as ORICA-GreenEDGE and Drapac without my BMC team mates in support. But I would expect the race to give me a good early season form guide leading into a solid block of racing over the coming months.”
Team Sky’s Richie Porte and Chris Sutton, ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Simon Gerrans, Luke Durbridge, Matthew Goss and Matthew Hayman as well as Garmin Sharp riders Rohan Dennis, Steele von Hoff and Lachlan Morton, have all entered the race.