TOUR de France champion Cadel Evans has confirmed he will ride in Sunday's Cycling Australia Road Nationals road race at Buninyong.
Evans had previously registered for the event but declared he would only ride if given the all clear by his team and if he felt his preperation was up to it.
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The much-anticipated appearance by Australia's most decorated cyclist will ensure a bumper crowd for the 183.6km road race around the tough Buninyong circuit.
“My training has been very focused in the last few weeks and I feel that I’m at a level that should hopefully enable me to be competitive on Sunday,” said Evans.
“I know it’s going to be hard work going up against the larger teams, but it will be interesting to see how the race unfolds and I’m looking forward to a good, solid hit out.”
Evans will take on a strong field in this Sunday's event, including Tour de France riders Richie Porte, Simon Gerrans and Matthew Goss.