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With the promise of a powerful setup for upcoming Down Under Tour, BMC Racing has reportedly confirmed of having former Tour France champion Cadel Evans to lead the squad. The other new signings for the team include Ben Hermans and Rick Zabel who would be having their debut with the squad in the first 2014 WorldTour race which commences from 21st January in Adelaide.
Apart from Evans as the captain, BMC Racing also includes other esteemed pros such as Brent Bookwalter from USA, France’s Amael Moinard as well as the Swiss riders Danilo Wyss and Steve Morabito. Fabio Baldato, the sports director commented that Evans has got a fantastic chance to get a potential result for BMC since the initial season of 2014.
“The Down Under Tour is quite a tough competition at the start of the season. The 1, 2 & 3 stages are especially difficult & hence it’s vital to ride well”, stated the Italian while announcing the latest line-up for BMC. “It’s significant to have strong riders who would be all set for making it big at the competition. In Evans we have found the best possible rider who can present us with a commendable result.”
Cadel had not participated the Down Under Tour since the year 2010 when the rider came 6th in overall classification for reigning global champion.
“I was not being able to ride there since the year 2010 as I was prepping for Tour France”, explained Evans. “But my racing at Giro got me the opportunity to compete in Down Under at the competition which seems to b the actual season start & meeting center for the cycling world with the initiation of the coming year. Thus it’s going to be something really specially, specifically when you are getting to race before the home crowd.”
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Cadel Evans will consult with his BMC team management about his future grand tour ambitions after the Tour de France finishes in Paris on Sunday.
The 36-year-old is not the American team’s only general classification rider. American Tejay van Garderen, 24, joined the team after 2011 as Evans’ heir apparent.
Although, when Evans placed seventh in the Tour last year and van Garderen finished fifth and won the best young rider’s title, there was speculation that the planned succession plan may be fast tracked to this year – despite the BMC team saying several times that Evans would remain as their Tour leader.
Evans, who is contracted to BMC until the end of next year, nevertheless made sure of his Tour leadership by placing third overall in the Giro d’Italia.
Furthermore, van Garderen gave every indication that he was fit and ready to support the Australian with his victory in the 10-day Tour of California.
Now the status of both riders is up in the air. While Evans disappointed in the Tour, so too has van Garderen who also quickly slipped out of overall contention.
Although, while van Garderen has finished strongly by featuring in breakaways in the last two days in the Alps in an attempt to win a stage, Evans has been left totally exhausted and began Saturday’s 125km 20th stage from Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, thinking only of reaching the finish in Paris.
Evans finished 88th on the stage at 18mins 26secs to Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who beat Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) by 18secs and British Tour leader Chris Froome (Sky) by 29secs. He is now placed 39th overall at 1hr 30mins 57secs – a far cry from when he won the Tour in 2011.