Cadel Evan’s management has left open the possibility of the Tour de France champion riding in the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat in January.
While his management told The Courier yesterday riding on the Buninyong circuit had not been spoken about, he stopped short of ruling out the possibility.
Evans has committed to riding in the Tour Down Under in South Australia as part of his preparation for the Giro d’Italia.
The Tour Down Under starts on January 19 — a week after the nationals.
While Cycling Australia does not pursue riders individually for the championships, a CA spokeswoman said it would “dearly love” Evans to compete in Ballarat.
Evans’ manager Jason Bakker said Evans riding in the nationals had not been considered.
“He has only recently decided to do the Tour Down Under,” Bakker said.
“I don’t think there has been any other progression beyond that.”
“The Tour Down Under wasn’t originally on the agenda, but that’s the first decision that’s been made and it will serve as preparation for the Giro de Italia.
“It (the nationals) hasn’t been on the radar at this point and he hasn’t spoken to me about it.
“At this moment it is just uncertain. It hasn’t been factored in.
“He has personal considerations too.
“It’s not just about cycling, his little boy is starting pre-school in Italy early in the year.”
Bakker said the nationals would be discussed with Evans when he returned to Australia later in the week.
The nationals are set down for January 8-12.