No Vuelta for Cadel Evans, possible start for Colorado
PARIS (VN) ― There won’t be a double grand tour attempt for Cadel Evans this year, but he could be headed to Colorado next month.
The recently crowned Tour de France champion confirmed Monday that he would not making a run at the Vuelta a España next month, ending speculation that he would try to win two grand tours in the same season.
Although Evans’ racing schedule is not yet finalized, there is a possibility he could race Colorado’s inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August.
BMC is among the teams scheduled to participate in the Colorado stage race, set for August 22-28.
BMC officials told VeloNews on Monday that “nothing has been decided yet” on the remainder of Evans’ 2011 racing schedule.
Evans originally planned to race the Vuelta this year and was saying that if he went, he would go to try to win.
The earlier start of the Vuelta this year – which was pushed back a week in August to accommodate the Copenhagen world championships where foul weather is a worry – wouldn’t give Evans enough time to properly recover following the hard effort of winning the Tour.
Only nine riders have won two grand tours in one season and only two ― Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault ― have won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year. Alberto Contador was the last to achieve the feat, winning the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta in 2008.
Evans’ dramatic final-hour Tour victory, however, has put new demands on Evans and many are pressing him to return to Australia to bring the “maillot jaune home.”
BMC officials are working with Evans to open up space on his calendar to possibly return home for a celebratory trip to meet growing media demands as well as have a chance to share the historic Tour victory with Australian fans.
What Evans decides to race later this season remains to be seen.
Evans is expected to race the race world championships in Copenhagen, where Australian team officials hope the ex-world champion can play a helper’s role on a course well-suited for sprinters.
Evans partied the night away in Paris on Sunday with 300 friends, teammates and VIPs to celebrate Australia’s first Tour victory.