According to the Telegraaf, 2007 Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans has extended his contract with his Silence-Lotto team until 2010. The 30 year-old could thus remain with the Belgian squad even though he had recently complained about not getting enough support in his bid for the 2008 Tour victory. Last year's team-mates Chris Horner and Josep Jufre were not kept on the team even though Evans had personally asked the management for it.
"When you finish second in the Tour de France and win the ProTour, you deserve something better than a slap in the face at the end of the season," the Algemeen Dagblad reported Evans as saying this week-end. "I had two wishes: that Chris Horner and Josep Jufre stay with the team - not only for myself, but also because they work well for the whole squad. But my requests were simply denied."
When contacted by Cyclingnews, Silence-Lotto team spokes man Filip Demyttenaere neither confirmed nor denied the contract extension.