Tour de France winner Cadel Evans has withdrawn from this week’s two Ardennes classics – the Fleche Wallonne and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege because of a sinus infection, his BMC team said on Monday. he Australian pulled out of Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, 75km from the line, after working hard for Belgian teammate Philippe Gilbert.
“With his infection we didn’t want to take any risks,” said team doctor Max Testa. “Weather conditions aren’t in his favour. Rain and cold conditions are forecast. It was the best decision to take in the interests of the rider.”
Evans, who won the Fleche Wallonne in 2010, will return to his home in Switzerland before competing in next week’s Tour de Romandie.
“We’ve still a good team with Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet to achieve two good Ardennes races,” said team manager John Lelangue. “Cadel came here with the aim of helping them. His main focus is in July (Tour de France).”