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Evans confident about leading BMC at the Tour de France

Cycling News
March 26, 2013, 15:41,
March 26, 2013, 15:50
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Critérium International
Cadel Evans at the start

Cadel Evans at the start

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Australian building gradually after 2012 virus

Cadel Evans is confident he will lead the BMC Racing Team at this year's Tour de France despite a quiet start to the season.

Evans finished seventh in the 2012 Tour de France, discovering afterwards that he had been hampered by a virus. He ended his season in August and has made a cautious return to racing.

Teammate Tejay van Garderen finished fifth and won the best young rider white jersey at the Tour de France. He finished third overall at the Critérium International behind the dominant Team Sky duo of Chris Froome and Ritchie Porte. Evans was a distant 51st, more than 15 minutes down. He admitted he had a poor time trial in his blog and confirmed that he worked as a domestique for van Garderen during the final stage.

Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France in 2011. He was 34 at the time and turned 36 on February 14. He is convinced he is not past his best and that experience is vital when it comes to winning the Tour de France.

"There is some short-term memory from the media, I had a virus last year and I still was seventh in the Tour de France," the 36-year-old told the Reuters news agency.

"Of course on paper, Tejay was better than me but people seem to forget what I have done on the Tour de France in the six years preceding 2012."

"If I'm not sick and everything goes according to plan, yes (I will be team leader). Like I said there seems to be a short-term memory thing in the media, I did actually win the Tour once before. That does sort of prove that I can do it."

Evans has opted for a controlled comeback after his virus problem and is convinced it is the best way to build-up for the Tour de France.

"I had a virus last year and it changes everything at this point compared to 2011," he said. "I haven't won any races yet (this year) so in that regard I'm behind but it's a slow and steady progress towards the Tour."

"They (Team Sky) seem to be very, very well prepared for the early part of the season with two whole teams of strong climbers and in the mountains at least they can dictate their own terms. Normally, putting guys at such a high level in the early season means you're going to pay for it later in the year, that would be the normal case - time will tell in that regard."

"For now they are going to be hard to beat, they're the guys to beat."

Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
"Cadel Evans is confident..." lol... you shouldn't be!
maxmartin More than 1 year ago
It does not matter who leads bmc, they will not even podium. Funny Evans thinks sky will pay later this season, sky already did the same whole deal last year with the help of advanced training method.
Pcush66 More than 1 year ago
Hmmm.... Where have we heard advanced training methods before?
ProfTournesol More than 1 year ago
Sky has been given excellent preparation.
KampungBoy More than 1 year ago
Discovery and US Postal Service team had advance training methods too. :)
ridleyrider More than 1 year ago
Don't think that TJVG will accept playing second-fiddle much longer. Each day that passes, Cadel goes past prime, and TJ approaches it. Full credit to Cadel for having won it at all, but his time in the spotlight is over.
djconnel More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure doing well 6 years ago (2007) is something to brag about.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
What about 2 years ago ? Top ten a year ago ?
lastplacerider More than 1 year ago
Evans may not be as good as he once was, but maybe he will be good once, as he ever was. Being as old guy I'm still partial to some of the veteran riders. Regardless of their past I still like riders like Menchov, Vande Velde, Evans, Kloden, and Horner. They can still help a team in several ways.
Not Eddy Merckx More than 1 year ago
Cadel is delusional if he thinks he's not past his best. As was said by a prominent commentator (Charles Barkley) in another sport: "Father time is undefeated." It applies to our sport as well.
rastymick More than 1 year ago
I'm 100% sure, TvG will have a protected role at the tour and if Evans gets in trouble in one of the mountain stages, TvG won't have to wait this year - at least I hope, BMC will play it like this.
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
you are a very good guy CADEL but you cannot compete with the SKY machine unless you joint they team yes you have a chance too do something good but your time come too say a retired or joint the band wagon too take what they inject?you cannot perform from PARIS NICE until the TOUR then be in front of the peloton all day impossible a repeat impossible especially a such speed in the flat then in the moutain???????????or prove me wrong otherwise?
Aus Sau More than 1 year ago
Your various comments on Cycling News today makes me think you have been into the wacky backy a bit too much.
miwi77777 More than 1 year ago
i love this mystery virus that the normal population seems to get over after a little rest and a visit to the doc, yet seem to somehow knock these guys out for the better part of a year.
Ripper More than 1 year ago
That's a pretty interesting thing, isn't it? "I've had a virus I've had a virus". What exactly did you have that was so bad dude? Viruses have names (cold, flu, etc). Makes me think the virus was from a blood transfusion :-o
Aus Sau More than 1 year ago
Ever heard of Epstein Bar Virus, or Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome? There are many other viruses that you don't brush off in a few days (ask Michael Rogers why his season in 2008 ended before it began). Elite athletes push their bodies to the limit and due to this their immune system is easily compromised. Cadel probably doesn't want to let the completion know what condition he is in, hence the vague use of the term "Virus".
Ripper More than 1 year ago
"Cadel probably doesn't want to let the completion know what condition he is in, hence the vague use of the term "Virus" Seriously, if he is over the virus, then why not name it. If he is not over it, then that explains why his performance is in the gutter. If he has chronic EB he might as well get out of the mind set he will lead for le Tour.
marcello More than 1 year ago
Damned viruses.