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LONDON (AFP) —Cadel Evans has been ruled out of the Olympic time trial due to fatigue, Cycling Australia announced Sunday.
Evans, Australia’s first world champion in 2009 and first Tour de France winner in 2011, endured a torrid campaign on the 2012 Tour, finishing well behind British champion Bradley Wiggins.
He completed the men’s 250km road race on Saturday, but doctors confirmed the 35-year-old Australian was not fit to take part in Wednesday’s race against the clock.
“Cadel Evans will not compete in the men’s individual time trial event,” said a Cycling Australia statement said.
“He has been seen by the cycling doctor, Dr. Mark Fisher, and Olympic team medical director Dr Peter Baquie, and they have confirmed he is fatigued and will not recover in time for Wednesday.”
The statement added Evans will not be replaced, meaning Michael Rogers — a former three-time world champion in the discipline — will be Australia’s only representative in the race.
Wiggins will line up as one of the favorites for the time trial, alongside Swiss Fabian Cancellara — who will be nursing an injured shoulder following a crash in Saturday’s road race — and Germany’s Tony Martin.