Cadel Evans is a chance for nationals

CADEL Evans is expected to make an announcement in coming weeks about a potential appearance at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships.

Evans’ management told The Courier that a decision would be made “quite late” – possibly closer to Christmas – about competing at the Buninyong circuit.

“If his preparation is coming along and they (BMC) think it is in his best interest then I dare say he would do it,” manager Jason Bakker said.

“Cadel will consult with his coach and team, if the feedback is positive from them, then he will ride.  I think if he does it would be great, but about Christmas time he will have a real serious chat with the coach and then they will make the call.”

Evans announced last month that he would ride in the Tour Down Under as part of his preparation for the Giro d’ Italia in May next year.

The road nationals will begin on January 8, a week ahead of the Tour Down Under, and would mark Evans’ first competition on home soil since winning the Tour de France in 2011.

Bakker said the road nationals would have to align with Evans’ training regime for the Giro d’ Italia.

“He won’t make a token appearance (at the road nationals), it’s too hard of a race,” he said.

“Sentiment plays no part in Cadel’s ride, it has to be part of a program.”

Bakker confirmed Evans’ had started training but said he was wary not to raise hopes of Evans’ appearance at the Road Nationals until a decision was made.

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