By Andrew Hood
Recently crowned world champion Cadel Evans promises to honor the rainbow jersey with aggressive racing for the remainder of the 2009 season.
The 32-year-old Aussie isn’t wasting any time, and will make his debut in the famed rainbow jersey on October 8 in the Coppa Sabatini in Italy.
“I will try to honor the rainbow jersey even if my legs are understandably a little tired after a grueling season,” Evans said during a press conference Thursday at the Silence-Lotto team headquarters.
After Sabatini, Evans’ post-worlds schedule will include the Giro dell’Emilia (October 10), Giro del Piemonte (October 15) and the Giro di Lombardia (October 17).
Reflecting on his victory Sunday in Mendrisio, Evans told journalists he “thought about all the bad luck” that had sometimes marked his career when he was closing in on victory in the final kilometers.
“I was overwhelmed with emotion,” he said. “I thought there was some sort of jinx, now I cannot express my joy.”
The press conference coincided with an announcement that the team will change its name for the fourth time since 2005 and race as Omega Pharma-Lotto in 2010.
Omega Pharma has used the cycling team as a platform to promote different products. The team raced as Davitamon-Lotto in 2005-06 to promote its vitamin products; as Predictor-Lotto in 2007 to promote a pregnancy test and as Silence-Lotto in 2008-09 to market its anti-snoring remedy.