SEASON OVER FOR CADEL EVANS?
The time trial at the Beijing Olympics may have been Cadel Evans? last race of the 2008 season after the Australian revealed that his knee tendon has been giving him problems for three months.
Evans has broken his anterior cruciate ligament. Unlike for football players, it is a not a major injury for cyclists but Evans has admitted he is ready for a break after a long summer and a battering at the Tour de France.
“Everything that’s gone on in the last three months – I had tendonitis, a huge crash in the Tour de France, defending the yellow with only one leg and breaking my anterior cruciate ligament – I was on crutches for three or four days after the Tour, means I?m ready for a break,” he said.
Last year Evans rode until the Tour of Lombardy and snatched victory in the ProTour from Danilo Di Luca. This year his Silence-Lotto team have entered him for the Tour of Poland but there is a only slim chance of him riding so far into the autumn.
EVANS SPEAKS ABOUT TIBET
Cadel Evans is a staunch supporter of the Free Tibet campaign but followed Olympic rules and kept quiet while competing. However he made sure he voiced his opinions while leaving China to Australian television.
?It’s a sad situation and I think similar to what happened with the Australian Aborigines,” Evans told the Seven Network.
Evans headed home to Switzerland on Thursday and is reportedly going to visit exiled Tibetan Olympic team.
EVANS TO STAY WITH SILENCE-LOTTO
Cadel Evans said that he was considering his future after the Silence-Lotto team let him down during the Tour de France but he has now hinted that he will stay with the Belgian set up after they signed several strong climbers for 2009.
“It looks like I’m going to stay. I’m pretty sure I’ll stay with the Belgians,” he told the Australian newspaper before leaving Beijing, revealing that team manager Marc Sergeant has promised to sign several riders.
“If they can’t do that, well maybe then I won’t stay. But they are looking to do that and are pulling out all stops like never before,” Evans added.
DEVOLDER WINS BELGIAN TT TITLE
Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) confirmed his eclectic cycling talent by winning the Belgian time trial national time trial title on Friday.
Devolder won the Tour of Flanders in April and targeted the overall classification at the Tour de France. Now he will wear the special blue, red and black jersey in time trials for a year after beating Silence-Lotto riders Leif Hoste and Dominique Cornu.
DEKKER QUITS RABOBANK BUT NOT FOR GARMIN
Holland?s Thomas Dekker and the Rabobank team finally ended their contract on Thursday following questions about Dekker?s blood profiles but the Dutchman will not be riding for Garmin in 2009 as has widely been speculated.
Garmin team manager Jonathan Vaughters has made it clear he is not interested in signing the tainted Dutchman and has flatly denied the rumours published in Belgian and Dutch media.
Cycling Weekly understand JV is interested in a successful sprinter that has recently become available following the demise of his team but at least four other team are said to be chasing the rider in question.
TOM STEELS RETIRES
Belgian sprinter Tom Steels has finally called it quits after a 15-year career.
Steels is riding for Landbouwkrediet this year but officially announced his retirement at criterium in Nieuwkerken. His final race will be a criterium in Saint-Nicolas.
During his career Steels won nine stages at the Tour de France and four Belgian national titles. He was famous for throwing a bidon at a rival during the final hundred metres of a Tour de France sprint but was one of the friendliest highest regarded sprinters in the peloton.
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