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Evans optimistic over Olympic Games start

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Cycling News
Published:
July 23, 2012, 8:04 BST,
Updated:
July 23, 2012, 9:04 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, July 23, 2012
Race:
2012 Olympic Games
Cadel Evans (BMC) had a tough day.

Cadel Evans (BMC) had a tough day.

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Durbridge, Haussler, Hayman or Renshaw to come into Australian team

Tuesday looms as decision day for Cadel Evans regarding his place in the Australian Olympic Road Cycling Team for the London Games. The 35-year-old's recovery from his Tour de France defence, where he finished seventh overall, will be key.

Luke Durbridge, Heinrich Haussler, Mathew Hayman or Mark Renshaw stand to benefit should Evans withdraw.

Evans did not have the form in 2012 that was crucial to his success 12 months ago, and the final few days of his Tour were blighted by a stomach bug. He met with Australian Professional Men's Road Coordinator Matt White prior to Sunday's final stage in Paris.

"We're going to play day-by-day, but on Tuesday we'll make a final decision," White told AAP.

"If he hasn't recovered in the next 48 hours, then we'll look at doing something. But at the moment, the plan is Cadel rides the Olympics Games road race."

Evans has told White that he is optimistic of competing in his fourth Olympics having competed in Beijing in 2008 and in mountain biking in Sydney in 2000 and 1996.

"He's tired, like everyone is - he's obviously still suffering a little bit from the illness he had on the rest day, but he's quite confident he'll be ready for the Olympics," White explained.

The Australian team - Simon Gerrans, Matt Goss, Stuart O'Grady, Michael Rogers and Evans - will leave for London on Monday afternoon.

Australia is hopeful of finishing on the podium in the men's road race on Saturday, but the team was never going to be riding for Evans with Goss the team's spearhead. Evans had been targeting the time trial on August 1 but White was not giving anything away on whether there would be a direct replacement for him in that event.

"There's a few different options we can play... we're going to the Olympics to medal, not to finish in the top eight or to show our presence," said White.

 

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