World Champion likely to return to home race, battle Lance Armstrong
World Champion Cadel Evans is likely to return to his home race, Australia's Tour Down Under, taking place from January 19 to 24. The race organiser has already confirmed Lance Armstrong's return, one year after he started his comeback to cycling.
"I'd say it's highly possible at this point. By the start of November I would have confirmed everything. I'm just sorting out a few details with the team right now," Evans told Australian Associated Press.
Evans won the World Champion title last month in Mendrisio, Switzerland. He will wear the rainbow jersey for one year, until the Worlds are held in Melbourne, Australia, next September. The Tour Down Under will be one of Evans' few chances to wear the rainbow jersey in Australia.
"It's something we're considering to be there, but more for a presence in Australia with the rainbow jersey," he said.
Evans raced the Tour Down under in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, placing fourth overall in 2004 with team T-Mobile.
He plans to return to win the 2010 Tour de France, where he finished 30th behind winner Alberto Contador this year. Prior to this year, Evans always finished inside the top ten, placing second and wearing the leader's yellow jersey in the last two years.
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