Robbie out, Cadel in for Vuelta

Cadel Evans takes his lap

Cadel Evans takes his lap (Image credit: AFP)

Predictor Lotto will line up at the Vuelta a España on September 1 with six Belgians. Australian Tour de France runnerup Cadel Evans will lead the Belgian squad's attack on Spanish soil next month. Contrary to yesterday's reports, Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen will not contest the year's final Grand Tour.

"Robbie will be riding a more 'Belgian program', with the Eneco-Tour, Aartselaar, Paris Brussels, where he will go for a hat-trick of successive wins, Fourmies, Isbergues, Franco-Belge and Paris Tour," read a team release. "For Predictor-Lotto, it is not only important commercially but also on a sporting level of great importance to be active in these races with top riders."

After missing out on the Tour victory by a slim 23 seconds, Cadel Evans will again be riding for the general classification. The rider hopes to improve his ProTour ranking at the Grand Tour, where he currently sits in fourth place, in addition to preparing for the World championships in Stuttgart, Germany which follow closely after the Vuelta.

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