It's been a roller coaster of a month for Cadel Evans, the winner of the Tour de Romandie last weekend. He went from being told he may have developed a severely debilitating and career-ending condition through to posting a ProTour win with a storming final time trial. Cyclingnews' Gerard Knapp caught up with Evans as he enjoyed a short break in Trieste, Italy, with his wife, Chiara.
"Like I said last year, I have two goals [in 2006]; April and July. So when things didn't go well at Fleche and Liege, you could say I was concerned," admitted Evans.
The Australian climber had targeted the lumpier Spring Classics towards the end of April - Fleche-Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege - but under the stress of hard racing, he began to suffer from bad head-aches and actually lost vision in his left eye.
An early [mis] diagnosis initially indicated he may have been suffering from a debilitating condition called 'Hunter's Syndrome', but this later proved false. "At some point during training before Fleche, I got something in my eye, and it stayed there and it got aggravated when I had to race hard. I wasn't even aware of it until I was racing," he explained.
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