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Cadel Evans to skip Canadian ProTour races

Reigning world champion Cadel Evans (BMC) will not be among the field for a pair of upcoming ProTour races in Canada.

Reigning world champion Cadel Evans (BMC) will not be among the field for a pair of upcoming ProTour races in Canada.

The Australian announced Thursday that he is still recovering from his broken elbow suffered during July’s Tour de France.

Evans said his rehabilitation in Europe will force him to forgo competing in a pair of one day ProTour races in Canada next month – the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.

“I am sorry not to be a part of the races in Canada,” Evans said in a team release. “I am guessing they will be good lead-up races to the world championships, and grow to be important events in the future. I will have to wait for another year.”

The BMC Racing Team will still field squads for both races September 10 and September 12.

Evans, meanwhile, will prepare in Europe ahead of his defense of his rainbow jersey in Australia in late September.