In his 16th year as a professional cyclist there is little that someone like Cadel Evans (BMC) can learn or brush up on before the European racing season starts early next month. The Australian does however have an important focus for the training camp the team is currently holding just outside of Valencia, Spain.
"For us as a team, the off-season, camps like this, that's where I think it's going to be important for us to get things functioning well," said Evans. "It's going to be important to be able to take on the [RadioShack-Nissan] team and so on.
"To do that I really want to make sure we're all there firing on all cylinders - that's why we're here."
The RadioShack-Nissan team has all the makings of a super team, with both Schlecks, Andreas Klöden, Fabian Cancellara and Chris Horner - all directed by Johan Bruyneel. To combat them Evans believes the team must be at its best, as it was last July.
The biggest asset Evans may take however is a renewed level of confidence, in himself, and his ability. Winning a Tour de France he explained, a Grand Tour, was a personal confirmation that he really needed.
"It's like a stamp of approval," said Evans. "I always believed in myself, but now I suppose everyone will believe in me and my competitors included. "In that regard, you go in with a different mindset and also your competitors go against you with a different mindset.
"If things go well for us, I think we can be successful again."
Evans also spoke on his other big goal for 2012 outside the Tour, his dream to win gold in an Olympic games, something that has eluded him ever since his mountain biking days.
"The Olympics for me, it's more about national pride, something different to the Tour."
"I want to give myself every chance to go for another medal, because it's something that I don't have. The day the Tour finishes, I will be working 100 per cent for the Olympics.
"The motivation is the same as it is for another yellow jersey - that's for sure. I go to win."
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