Tours in Colorado, Utah on radar for Evans
SAINT-QUINTEN, France (VN) — Stops in Colorado and Utah could be on the horizon later this summer for defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans.
Evans (BMC Racing) hinted that he could return to race in the United States as part of his post-Tour racing schedule, with likely stops in Utah and Colorado.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado was Evans’ last competition of 2011, when rode to seventh overall in his farewell race after winning his first Tour. He spent time at altitude in Utah leading up to the race; this year he may return to the Beehive State with a race number pinned on.
Evans’ post-Tour schedule this season is much more ambitious, with an eye on the Olympics and the world title.
The Australian hinted Wednesday that a return to the United States is likely in the cards.
Speaking to journalists ahead of the start of the Tour’s fifth stage, Evans recounted visa troubles he is currently having for his newly adopted 20-month-old son from Ethiopia. Evans and his wife, Chiara, were hoping to bring their son to London for the Olympic Games, but visa delays might prevent that.
Evans then said, “the next thing I have to do is to try to get him to Colorado.”
Earlier this season, Evans said that if he returns to Colorado, he wants to race to win. And the best way to do that, he said, would be a possible start at the Tour of Utah in order to acclimate to the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains.
Although his post-Tour schedule is not finalized, Evans has already been named to the five-man Australian team to race the 2012 London Olympic Games. BMC Racing announces team rosters within two weeks of an event, so an announcement of Evans’ U.S. intentions likely won’t come until after the Tour de France finishes on July 22.
Evans is also planning on the racing the road world championships in Valkenberg, Netherlands, on a hilly course similar to the route where he won the rainbow jersey in Mendrisio, Switzerland, in 2009.
That date works out for a possible U.S. trip. The Olympic road race is July 28 and the time trial is August 1. Utah runs from August 7-12 and Colorado from August 20-26.
That would give Evans plenty of time to return to Europe for the world championships, for the time trial on September 19 and the road race on September 23.