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Evans admits another Tour de France win is unlikely

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September 17, 2013, 10:32,
September 17, 2013, 11:07
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Cadel Evans (BMC) on the way to his win.

Cadel Evans (BMC) on the way to his win.

  • Cadel Evans (BMC) on the way to his win.
  • Cadel Evans (BMC) crosses the line for the win.

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Australian on the demands of Grand Tours in current era

Although Cadel Evans has admitted that he is unlikely to win the Tour de France again, the BMC rider is determined to try and return to his former levels next season, where he is expected to line up at the Giro d’Italia rather than at the Tour.

In an interview with L’Équipe, Evans acknowledged that at 36 years of age, he will be hard-pressed to repeat his Tour de France victory of 2011. “I won’t say that it’s impossible [to win the Tour again] but it’s very, very difficult and, for me, unlikely,” Evans said. “Does that surprise you?”

Evans finished 3rd in this year’s Giro but went on to struggle at the Tour and has ruled out the possibility of lining up at both races next season. “I won’t do the Giro-Tour double two years running. It cost me too much,” he told L’Équipe.

The Australian pointed out that the demands of preparing for a Grand Tour in the current era is such that it is becoming ever more difficult to be competitive at both the Giro and Tour.

“Today, the difference in stage races is made during the preparatory training camps,” Evans said. “You have to train hard, in a specific way and recover well. You have to target you event carefully and prepare specifically, which means spending a lot of time away from home. Doing six weeks at altitude is an advantage over those who have only done two or three weeks.”

Evans acknowledged that Bradley Wiggins and Sky brought a new level of rigour to Tour de France preparation in 2012, although he wondered whether such focus is sustainable over an extended period of time. “That year, Wiggins made a lot of sacrifices every day,” he said. “From the outside, I don’t know if you can repeat that every year.”

After taking a morale-boosting stage victory at the Tour of Alberta last week, Evans is now working towards his final objectives of the 2013 season – the world championships in Florence and the Tour of Lombardy. “Above all, I want to finish the season well,” he said. “Next year, my aim will be to get back to my old level, the one I was at up until 2012.”





Offtheback More than 1 year ago
Good call Cadel and I wish you luck. I am glad to see you racing at a top level . You have done a lot to encourage cycling in Australia. Lycra is everywhere now, particularly among the 30, 40 & 50 yo age group. Not too many years ago these people would not have entertained training and keeping fit.
TheBean More than 1 year ago
Well said, Offtheback. Evans has been a true champion for many years. I was happy for him when he finally broke through his consistent-top-5-but-never-top-step years to atain both the World Championship and a TdF victory. He was inspirational in this year's Giro and definately helped Nibali's win see, even more impressive. I had the pleasure to ride on training rides a couple of times back in the early '90;s. Evans is a class act through-and-throu, just don't even come close to standing on his dog :-)
Cookster15 More than 1 year ago
I agree with most of what Cadel has said in this interview and good to know he's being realistic. But at 'just' 37 years of age next year he must now be thinking if a near 42 year old Chris Horner can win the Vuelta he is surely capable of winning the Giro with the right prep.
gaz753 More than 1 year ago
Horner is a one-off. Cadel was already on top as a youngster. Different athletes alltogether.
objectif More than 1 year ago
Yeah. Horner is a different type of athlete. Late blossom. Oh wait, he's the unique representant of that type.
timcupery More than 1 year ago
Horner was dominating the U.S. professional circuit in his early 30's. He just couldn't get a position as a team leader for major races in Europe until very late in his career. That said, he has bloomed a bit just as a result of finally watching his diet more carefully and losing weight (so increasing his power to weight ratio).
objectif More than 1 year ago
Of course. In the history of cycling there have been thousands of riders who bloomed a bit (just enough to win a GT) at age 40 after watching their diet and losing weight. It is just the course of nature to happen so.
Oxygen Vector More than 1 year ago
Obviously objectif, you are suffering from age bias. So you make up all these insinuations that Horner is on drugs because no way you can understand Horner winning. He's "too old". That winning result doesn't fit in your narrow world view . The way karma works, though, is one day at work, when you are in your 40's (if not already) you will be fired because some "younger" person is supposed to be better than you. Even if they aren't. It's just that, no way can a person in their 40's ever be better than someone in their 20's or 30's. Not without drugs of course. And you will accept that without a fight, right?
objectif More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but my world view is narrowed by facts. It's like saying: Hey you have a narrow world view because you don't believe that Usain Bolt can run 100 metres in under 9 seconds. I hope karma doesn't punishes me for that...
Cookster15 More than 1 year ago
Oxygen Vector: You do know how much you sound like an Armstrong supporter don't you? Remember Lance lost 15 pounds and that is what turned him from a classics rider to the greatest Tour rider in history. Everything about Horner sounds feasible - except his age. It is simply not normal for 42 year olds to beat riders in their late 20's like Nibali. With age both VO2 Max and Recovery decline. Both key attributes for a GT contender. The reason for my opening comment was, if Horner can win the Vuelta at 42, then for sure, all things being equal, Cadel Evans can win next years Giro at 37. Horner might be talented - but more talented than Cadel, no way Jose.
marcello More than 1 year ago
Horner was a super domestique for Evans for quite a few years. Doesn't he have anything to say about the Vuelta? I was very impressed by the post stage comments during the Vuelta, from all the top overall riders. Very complimentary and diplomatic towards each other. Evans seems to be in his own world, unimpressed by his competitors.
barn yard More than 1 year ago
there was never anything particularly 'super' about chris horner
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
The interview was about Evans not about the Vuelta. Evans always praises his competitors including Sky riders and Contador and he actually fought to keep Horner at Lotto as he was his best domestique. I am sure Evans is happy for Horner.
goggalor More than 1 year ago
With the right prep I'm sure he could, but I doubt he'd keep the win for very long. Let's hope Evans doesn't go there.
Cookster15 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't referring to doping. Just that if Cadel prepares well for the Giro he will be at least as strong as Horner was in the Vuelta. This year for whatever reason he seemed a little short on preparation for the Giro, then couldn't recover for the Tour. On the other hand, Horner had no previous GT in his body and had all season to prepare properly (assuming for a moment he wasn't doped).
vrusimov More than 1 year ago
All season to prepare properly? Horner was battling knee issues and missing training between Tirreno Adriatico and knee surgery at the end of May iirc. He hardly had a nice peaceful warm-up for the Vuelta. There was no way he was going to be ready to tackle the Tour while recovering so the Vuelta was the big thing for him this year, especially with no contract forthcoming. Sort of like Froome in 2011. Weird coincidence I guess. Cadel would have been thrashed quite easily by Horner at the Vuelta, judging by the performances of Rodriguez, Valverde and Nibali. Moreover, there is nothing in Cadel's 2011-12 power record that even approaches what Horner did on the Angliru. Doing ~6.3w/kg for 40 min on the Angliru at the end of a three week tour is a formidable feat for a near 42 year old who was battling knee issues and surgery mid-season. Personally, I don't buy it.
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
Come 40 and a magic potion everything is possible.
TheBean More than 1 year ago
Mike, There have been enough sarcastic jabs thrown already. Tossing out another in an article about a humble former champion of the TdF bowing out officially is just poor taste and redundancy at this point.
Oxygen Vector More than 1 year ago
Mike is probably suffering from years of being an underachiever. So he is to be forgiven for being annoying, lol.
Sarcastic Wet Trout More than 1 year ago
Mike just discovered Viagra.
gospina More than 1 year ago
Cadel started young as a mountain biker and has been at an elite level for a long time. Body is beat. Horner was a late bloomer, wasn't really in elite group until later in his career
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
Horner wasn't in the elite group until about a month ago. Good sure, but elite no.
Oxygen Vector More than 1 year ago
lol Backseatrider - you win the post of the year for being clueless. gospina takes a close second. Go to wiki and see Horner's race record. When he decided to leave the US and race full time in Europe he performed consistently well. But 5th place in 2005's Tour de Suisse is probably a bush league result for you. Or 7th overall in the Tour de Romandie in 2006. Or 8th in the Pro World championships in 2004. Oh never mind. This is way beyond you, hahaha
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
I think we have different views on what is an elite rider. The palmares you listed are not to be scoffed at, but they also don't scream elite. Horner has been a good rider, but has he ever been one of the top 10-15 riders on tour prior to this Vuelta? He has one top ten finish in a Grand Tour prior to this (9th in the 2010 Tour) and had never won a stage of a Grand Tour prior to the Vuelta. His highest end of the year ranking on the UCI tour is 18th. Roman Kreuzinger has better results, do you consider him elite? Rui Costa (2 time winner of Toure De Suisse and 3 time Tour stage winner) has better results but most people don't peg him as a future Grand Tour winner. To be elite you have to be the absolute top of the heap: Froome, Nibali, Contador, Cancellara, Martin, Cavendish, Sagan, Purito, Valverde, etc.
Edward Winkler More than 1 year ago
Just remember, that 9th in the 2010 Tour was after being released from being Lance Armstrong's babysitter for the first two weeks. He climbed way up the standings after they gave him some freedom. What could he have don that year if he had started without babysitting duty? Further if he had started the 2011 or 2012 Tours as the protected rider what would he have done. Prior to that I remember him towing Cadel around the Mts for a couple of years?
objectif More than 1 year ago
Actually I think he got that 9th place after a breakaway with Lance included if I recall.
Alan D More than 1 year ago
Get a grip BackSeat (well named, and the seat would haveto be an armchair).. Winning a Grand Tour is about elite as it gets. UCI ratings count, but it pales in comparison. You don't win a GT by winning stages, GTs are won by the best man. He beat Nibali (my pick),Purito, Valverde, Cancellara et al... so please; go back to your Budweiser, buritos and little flatscreen in front of the greasy couch you subsist upon.
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
Alan before you insult me I would ask that you read my original post. I state that he wasn't elite prior to a month ago and a month ago he did not have a Vuelta win. Winning a Grand Tour does elevate you to the elite level. My argument is that he was not elite prior to that victory. Not diminishing his victory or demeaning the man. Before you accuse someone of ignorance and start attacking them personally I would hope that you at least read what they say.
Curtis Dearden More than 1 year ago
2010 1st, Overall, Jersey yellow.svg Vuelta al País Vasco 1st, Stage 6 (ITT) 2nd, Overall, Giro di Sardegna 4th, Overall, Tour of California 7th, La Flèche Wallonne 7th, Liège–Bastogne–Liège 9th, Overall, Critérium du Dauphiné 9th, Overall, Tour de France 10th, Amstel Gold Race what do you call elite?
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
2010 was the best year of his career prior to winning the Vuelta. Those palmares are good, but again not elite. Do you really feel like those results are on par with any of the riders I have listed? Not slamming the man or accusing him of doping, but those who are making out as if Horner has been an elite rider all along are mistaken.
Edward Winkler More than 1 year ago
I do not consider Horner to have a shot at another Grand Tour, unless someone holds another that has less ITT Km than the one he just won.
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
If you have won a GT your elite. And now Horner has. Oh ya and he beat a guy who has won 2 GTs and finished on the podium of the Tour. He beat the best riders in the world so just shut up. I'm sorry if you can only average 15 mph on your flat rides BackSeatRider but quit acting like you know anything about the upper echelons of the sport. I should know, I was there.
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
Janton would you like a cookie? Do you need a hug? There is no need to get personal and to insult me. I have done nothing to you nor have I insulted anyone in this discussion. I am not insulting Horner, simply stating the facts as I see them. Read my original statement and it says prior to a month ago, as in prior to winning the Vuelta. Now that he has won that you can say he is elite. My problem is the retroactive designation of him being an elite rider.
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
Sorry for the baseless personal attack BackSeatRider. But on the Horner subject, let's just disagree to disagree.
panBwai More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with BackSeatRider on this one. And I don't think saying Horner was not an elite rider before this Vuelta is anyway being an knock against Horner. The fact remains no one had him as a top contender before the start of the Vuelta. Looking at his performance during the Vuelta, I am wondering if he wouldn't have beaten Froome? As cycling fan who's never ridden even casually, I want to believe Horner did all this without doping. Maybe that makes me naïve but until he's proven to have cheated, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Michael Schlitzer More than 1 year ago
Chris Horner was always a good rider. He had a "leadership" problem on his US-based teams. This year his performance seems realistic to me - he essentially hasn't raced at all for the entire year, so he's very fresh. I remember when he was on the NutraFig team at the Tour de 'Toona in the USA way back in the 90's. As a fellow 40+ year old, I'm very glad to see him do well and hope he keeps it up. I know I can barely ride 4 days in a row anymore, let alone racing for 28 days.
wineagent More than 1 year ago
Evans has discovered that in the post-PED era one really has to train well. He sounds like he doesn't have the commitment to do that. Understandable after all these years. Time to retire.
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
"Today, the difference in stage races is made during the preparatory training camps." Hmm.....the more things change, the more they haven't changed at all...
LRI44 More than 1 year ago
Just because people took PED's didnt mean they just sat wathing tv all day shooting up between races. Most trained just as well, if not harder due to the reduced recovery because of the zumo they were on ...
timcupery More than 1 year ago
your comment completely misunderstands PED's. One value is a direct increase in performance. The other value is the ability to train HARDER (both because of the increased direct performance, and improved recovery). PEDs are cheating, but that doesn't mean riders who were doping were lazy.
Oxygen Vector More than 1 year ago
Tell us about your personal experience with PED's in cycling, timcupery. I mean, beyond something you read on twitter. Or from a friend of a friend of friend who said...
bing181 More than 1 year ago
Just as an aside: I read an interview not that long ago with an (amateur) French rider who lives on the top of the Alpe d'Huez. He was asked if he'd seen any of the pro riders training, and who had impressed him the most. He said that the most impressive by far was Armstrong, and that no-one trained as hard as him. He cited one day when Armstrong had climbed Alpe d'Huez something like 5 or 6 times in a row. Anyway, carry on. Good luck Cadel.
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
According to Hincapie, Evans trained harder than any rider he has ridden with. This year's Giro shows that drugs are still around. Committment has been Evan's strength throughout his career.
Cookster15 More than 1 year ago
Evans trains as hard as anyone in the Peleton. Read Movingtarget's reply.
Jeff41 More than 1 year ago
Cadel has had a hard paper round Horner has not.
Leopoldo Greece More than 1 year ago
Another one to the list of riders who got to the top without knowing much about training. Contador was a big doper but he knows how to get into decent shape withou the juice.
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
You dare to say Contador doped. I dare to smack you in the rim rods. If I were sitting across the table from you right now you would even have time to say blink.
philjthommo More than 1 year ago
your a joke.
panBwai More than 1 year ago
Contador doped???!!! Say it ain't so!!! You don't think it was the beef?
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
I know a champion when I see one! Do you even know the levels of clen in his system? He could have gotten that anywhere. Hell, I probably have twice his level of clen coursing through my veins just from drinking coconut water.
Cookster15 More than 1 year ago
I assume this is a joke right? Everyone knows the traces of clen got there from refusing tainted blood during the 2010 TDF. Then there were Contador's plasticizer traces.
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
Plasticizers! Plasticizers! Again, do you anything about the levels. I could get the same levels just by chewing niccorette.
Erik Jonsson More than 1 year ago
It's not really about Cadel returning to his winning form is it. He is still a top 5 contender with that same form. It's more about how the other teams and top GC contenders have become even more specialized and efficient as of late and are pulling away from him. Its amazing how concistently high he is placing despite everything
erader More than 1 year ago
cadel and jens both have a shot at winning the TDF. just ask chris horner
Ron497 More than 1 year ago
It highlights just how difficult it is to be right at the top, and then what is expected of you once you get there, when 3rd in the Giro means an off year. I get it, but still, the guy is a great cyclist and can win a lot of different races, from stage to hilly classics. A World Championship and a TdF, plus a third in the Giro. That's a strong palmares alone. The only thing I actually hope is that he becomes a bit more happy and comfortable in front of the camera. I know it must get tedious giving interview after interview. But, I think he could really cement his legacy as a great champion and a likable dude if he lightens up a bit. Still, I have no idea how I'd act with a mic shoved in my face after 6 hours of bustin' me arse in the saddle (and out!).