Cadel Evans: ‘I don’t know if I can be a factor in Colorado’

SALT LAKE CITY – Recovery time is over. Cadel Evans is ready to get back to work.

SALT LAKE CITY (VN) — Recovery time is over. Cadel Evans is ready to get back to work.

After a couple of weeks to soak in the glory his Tour de France victory, Evans flew to Utah where he watched the final stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and set himself up to train for next week’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.

“I’m here for a few days,” Evans said. “The timing is really good and Colorado is a really beautiful place to race. We could go to the Vuelta, Colorado or Poland, I know which one I want to do, because I am here and I don’t think I am the only one that feels that way.”

Evans and the BMC squad will take advantage of the Utah altitude and the fact several members of the team are already there to formulate their gameplan for the third UCI-rated race in the U.S. The Aussie said he hasn’t don’t a lot of riding since he slipped into the maillot jaune and will adjust his expectations accordingly.

“I don’t know if I will be a factor in Colorado, but I’m going to take it as it comes,” Evans said. “If I can be good that would be great but with the travel and altitude it is not exactly optimal.”

Still, Evans plans on representing well.

“I am going to take it as it comes,” Evans said. “I’ve had a lot of travel over the last few days and I just want to get on my bike and become an athlete again, that is my main thing, become an athlete again, and get some cycling legs back in hopes that I can be reasonably competitive in Colorado. What I can do in Colorado will depend on how well I recover and adapt to altitude.”

BMC team doctor Massimo Testa said he expects Evans to discover his passion for competition in short order.

“He’s a proud guy,” Testa said. “So he’s going to race his best for sure. He doesn’t like to race for second, ever.”

Testa said Evans and BMC would be in Utah for five days to ride and get more altitude acclimation.

While taking in the atmosphere at the Snowbird Ski Resort, Evans couldn’t help but notice the enthusiasm for cycling in America. The Tour of Utah, though not on his calendar this year, made an impression.

“I was talking to (Tour of Utah president) Steve Miller and he has a really nice plan, a really professional and sustainable approach,” Evans said. “I raced a lot in America as a mountain biker years ago and I understand the passion there is for cycling here. Now that there are races emerging like the Tour of California, Tour of Utah and USA Pro Cycling Challenge, I try and support those races. I went to the first Tour of California and I’m going to the first Colorado race.

“If the Prime Minister was a bit freer, I might have been able to come to Tour of Utah as well,” Evans said, referring to his recent return to his homecountry, where he was lauded as the biggest Australian sports star since Rod Laver.