Cadel Evans and Andy Schleck both end seasons early

Cadel Evans at finish, Tour de France 2012, stage 11

Tour de France stars Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) ended their seasons early this year to recover ahead of 2013.

"The shooting pain when I go on longer rides can [still] not be denied," Schleck said yesterday in a press release. "It makes no sense to appear at races where I might not be able to even reach the finish line."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.