Cadel Evans to get green light

CADEL Evans will be cleared by his team to ride in Sunday's Cycling Australia national road race in Buninyong, according to reports.

News Limited is reporting that the 2011 Tour de France champion will be given the green light by BMC Racing Team to compete in the event for the first time in nine years.

Evans entered the championships late last month, when his manager Jason Bakker said a final decision on a start would hinge on his preparation.

"It's looking likely. If it's leading up to the event and he's training as well as he hopes then he'll be there," Bakker told The Courier in December.

"He's registered for the event to make sure that he can ride, and he wants to, but Cadel is meticulous with his preparation.

"It's a solid chance but he's got to have the final consultation with his team."

While Evans is still to be officially confirmed as a starter, this latest news is a further boost to his chances of lining up in the country's premier road race event.

Cycling Australia will release an official statement on Friday morning to confirm his decision.