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Evans ready to ride for Australia in London

Cycling News
July 24, 2012, 1:14 BST,
July 24, 2012, 2:14 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 24, 2012
2012 Olympic Games, Olympic Men's Road Race
Defending champion Cadel Evans (Australia) on the start line in Melbourne.

Defending champion Cadel Evans (Australia) on the start line in Melbourne.

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Says he has enough time to recover after Tour de France

Cadel Evans has confirmed he will take his place in the five-man Australian team for the Olympic Games 250 kilometre road race on Saturday.

There had been doubts over the 35-year-old's fitness following the Tour de France which concluded on Sunday. 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.

Despite his recent setbacks, Evans boarded the flight to London with the rest of the Australian team on Monday afternoon European time with no doubt in his mind over the next job on his to-do list - racing for Australia on Saturday.

"Absolutely, I wouldn't bother getting on the plane if I wasn't," he told reporters at Heathrow Airport. He will join Simon Gerrans, Matt Goss, Stuart O'Grady, and Michael Rogers on the start line on the Mall.

"The tour has been tiring for us and my Tour wasn't up to my expectations, or anyone's expectations, but for us eight days is a lot of recovery [time].

"And [there's] a bit of training to do before we get to the time trial [on August 1]."

Evans will line up with Rogers in the chrono.


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