Time out for Evans

TOUR de France runner-up Cadel Evans confirmed yesterday that he had withdrawn from the Olympic Games road time-trial due to a knee injury.

Evans, one of four Coffs Coast athletes qualified for the Beijing Olympics, will undergo treatment this week ahead of a decision on whether he will travel to Beijing to contest the road race. He will be replaced in the event by three-time world champion, Michael Rogers.

On Monday in Paris after his second consecutive runner-up in the Tour, Evans dismissed rumours he had suffered an injury that might threaten his Olympic Games campaign.

But after the flight home to Switzerland his right knee swelled up and he decided to visit an orthopaedic specialist for precautionary scans.

“I slipped on a wet floor on Sunday night and my team (Silence Lotto) doctor immediately had a look at it and said not to worry,” said Evans, who had been at the official post-Tour team dinner.

“I immediately headed back to the hotel and to bed and on Monday morning I felt a bit sore but didn't feel I'd done any damage.

“But on the flight home my knee began to swell up so I had to consider going to see a specialist who recommended cancelling my ride in the criterium in Belgium in favour of getting some scans done.

“It's not a major injury but it's something I will have to manage carefully,” Evans added in a statement issued by Cycling Australia.

“I recognised I might not be at my absolute best in the race against the clock but I can still make a significant contribution to the team effort for the road race.

“I'll be training and getting treatment over the next few days to confirm my participation by Monday.

“But I will not take a place in Beijing if everything doesn't go according to plan,” said Evans, who would not elaborate on the details of the injury.

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