Australia’s former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans insisted on Friday that he was still capable of competing at the highest level in 2013 despite his 36th birthday fast approaching. Evans, who managed only seventh on last year’s Tour, believes he will still be a force to be reckoned with as the year unfolds with his BMC team.
“The leaders of the team, Philippe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and me have had some health problems,” said Evans as BMC unveiled its squad for the season. “Philippe had a difficult spring. Thor’s season was a nightmare and my summer was complicated. Happily, I have recovered,” added Evans, who was forced to skip the Olympics time trial. If I find my normal level by July, I know that I can again fight it out with the best and get on the podium of the world’s greatest race.”