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Evans says Tour de France build-up is improved on 2010

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June 26, 2013, 22:36,
June 27, 2013, 10:50
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Cadel Evans (BMC) suffers in the snow

Cadel Evans (BMC) suffers in the snow

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BMC leader focused on recovery post-Giro

Cadel Evans (BMC) is set to take on his first Giro-Tour double since 2010 and the 36-year-old Australian remains optimistic.

Evans finished third overall at last month's Giro d'Italia off just five weeks of dedicated preparation with the initial aim of improving his build-up for the Tour de France. Since, Evans has not raced.

"Having a Giro in my legs already this year, means my lead up has been more focussed on recovery than training," the 2011 winner of the Tour said on his website.

That recovery has included a training camp with teammates Steve Morabito and Brent Bookwalter along with some time with his family.

Before the Giro, Evans was reluctant to draw on his experience of starting both grand tours in 2010 on the basis of the virus he suffered in Italy which did not allow for a satisfactory recovery for the Tour where eventually crashed breaking his elbow, all while riding into the yellow jersey. He finished 25th overall and told Cyclingnews in April this year that: "I've done it before but I don't like to use that as a measure because obviously that's not what I plan to happen in 2013."

What is planned is a BMC Tour de France campaign built around Evans with Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen riding as key support and ready to step up should the Australian falter.

Much like his analysis of what lay ahead before the Giro, Evans is taking a wait and see approach to his Tour form.

"Overall, it's been coming together well," he said. "Of course, we will have a much better idea after a few days of racing, but my recovery has been a lot better this time around doing the Giro – Tour double than in 2010.

"Time will tell; with a few days of 'rest' in Corsica, and we will be ready to go and test ourselves…"


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randymullen More than 1 year ago
Rafael Nadel refuses to blame knee after losing in the first round. This attitude is still fairly common of champions in other sports. In defense of cyclist, they often find themselves suffering for weeks in Grand Tours, with genuine ailments. Reporters are constantly trying to write a story about some guy in 25th place so they keep asking questions, and eventually, the rider will crack and start blaming anything and everything. Some definitely whine more than others though, that's for sure. Quote from Nadel “Are you joking? I answered this question three or four times already,” he [Nadel] snapped. “I’m not going to talk about my knee. The only thing I can say is that Steve played a fantastic match. Everything I could say about the knee would be an excuse, and I don’t like to do that when I lost a match like this. Steve deserves not one excuse.”
delbified More than 1 year ago
tennis is different to cycling. in tennis, blaming an injury for your defeat is disrespectful to your opponent in that match. in cycling, you don't have a direct opponent. your biggest adversary is yourself. blaming an illness is not an excuse, it's just a matter-of-fact. no one is going to pretend they were the rightful victor in a bike race just cos they fell ill.
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
Nadal is delusional. At times in the match he could barely run. He could not play a lead up tournament on grass because of his knees and he admitted that. Not wanting to talk about his knees was gracious towards his opponent but the truth is without the knee problems Nadal is a totally different player.
jasmin023cycling More than 1 year ago
Surely you are kidding zbranko at the 2002 giro cadel bonked simple as that an inexperienced young rider in his first grand tour forgot to eat and drink enough early on and when hamilton and salvodelli attacked with 10km to go he had nothing in the tank and that is what he has and still says happened.
Cragz01 More than 1 year ago
And when Cadel had nothing in his tank what did Hamilton and Salvodelli have in theirs? :)
Toby Long More than 1 year ago
well said cragz
wrwhiteknight More than 1 year ago
When you train as hard as these guys do it is easy to get sick. Your body is constantly working to build and rebuild and you are extremely susceptible to viruses and bacterias. In addition, pros at Evans' level travel all over the world year round and thus are confronted with climate changes, travel fatigue, airplane air and exposure to different pathogens in different locales. In my very limited personal experience, I have found that when I push myself to the limit for weeks on end (be it at work or at play) that I often crack and succumb to illness.
longshadow More than 1 year ago
Why do so many guys win the Tour de France and then the next year get mysterious viruses?
rgmerk More than 1 year ago
Have you ever ridden a stage race? I have, albeit as far in standard from the Tour de France as it is possible to get. After 3 days of racing you're absolutely drained, and if you have any kind of exposure to any bug whatsoever you get as sick as a dog. Yes, there are very good reasons to be skeptical of the variable performances of GT winners, but it's also not hard to understand how riders regularly get sick during grand tours.
longshadow More than 1 year ago
Did you have to go to a barrage of doctors that couldn't find out what's wrong for months? Did you undergo myriad tests that were inconclusive? I don't think so, stage racer.
tiz-urkey More than 1 year ago
while i believe having a "senor GC" guy on the team is important for various reasons, including a wise man leadership approach...there is no way in hell that cadel evans will win the tour again. Wishful thinking but it aint gonna happen
karrotten More than 1 year ago
I'm confused. Earlier in the week all the spin from the BMC press machine was about the 'strong' team they had selected with the sole purpose to support Cadel. The press releases, and BMC management comments implied that Cadel is on top form and the team has been selected to give Cadel all the domestics he wants to go for the win. Even the WC has been told he is there only to support Cadel. Fair enough that’s BMC management’s strategy for the race Today on the eve of the event, Cadel is saying he is not sure if he has recovered from the Giro and is uncertain of his form. The Management and Cadel must have known that last weekend and so it makes complete nonsense of their reasoning for team selection. Why select a team solely around a rider who's form is uncertain and claim not select another because his form is uncertain, as well as not selecting an inform rider so Cadel could have his preferred domestics. When BMC find out in a couple of days after Cadel has started the race and found out in Corsica that he can't hack the TdF, is Cadel going to be fit enough and willing to act as a domestic for TJVG or will he just abandon? I can't see Cadel bottle carrying for anyone. Pity no cycling journalist asked questioned this. And if or when Cadel abandons it will be interesting to see BMCs press spin on that but very sad for the riders left out.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I like Cadel, he always seems like he is struggling to survive, yet quite often ends up high in GC.