Tour de France

Evans: 2013 Tour podium is attainable

Former Tour champ says he's capable of returning to the podium in Paris in July

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NAZARETH, Belgium (AFP) — Australia’s former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans insisted on Friday that he was still capable of competing at the highest level in 2013 despite his 36th birthday fast approaching.

Evans (BMC Racing), who managed only seventh in last year’s Tour, believes he will still be a force to be reckoned with as the year unfolds with his team.

“The leaders of the team, Philippe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and me, have had some health problems,” said Evans as the team unveiled its squad for the season at a BMC concept store here. “Philippe had a difficult spring. Thor’s season was a nightmare and my summer was complicated. Happily, I have recovered.

“If I find my normal level by July, I know that I can again fight it out with the best and get on the podium of the world’s greatest race.”