Evans surprised to miss Tour

Having been signed to beef up T-Mobile's Tour attack, Cadel Evans faces the prospect of watching the

Having been signed to beef up T-Mobile's Tour attack, Cadel Evans faces the prospect of watching the
T-Mobile announced their riders for the Tour de France on Friday in Bonn and as expected there was no place for Australian Cadel Evans, who had been expecting to ride after winning the recent Tour of Austria. Joining Jan Ullrich and Erik Zabel in the team's crimson colours will be Rolf Aldag, Santiago Botero, Giuseppe Guerini, Matthias Kessler, Andreas Klden, Sergei Ivanov and Daniele Nardello. Contacted by procycling, Evans said he had been told if he went well in the mountains at the recent Tour of Austria he would be selected for the Tour. "I hadn't imagined that my place would be dependent on that," he said. "I've had the Tour on my programme since October and the Tour was the reason they brought me to the team two years ago." Evans not only won the main mountain stage in Austria but also took the overall prize for the second time in his career. He assumed he would be heading for the Tour start in Lige next weekend, but was told last Tuesday he was only first reserve for the event. "I was told that the decision was down to my inexperience of riding the Tour," he said. "Of course, I couldn't do anything to change that. "It was a huge disappointment for me, for the coaches at the Australian institute and for my own coach. Judging by the messages on my site it was a major disappointment for my fans too." Evans' contract with T-Mobile is up at the end of the year, but he refused to comment on whether he has had any interest from other teams. But given his stage racing potential, he is almost certain to have plenty of suitors. In the meantime his hope is that he is selected for the Australian Olympic team, which is due to be announced next Monday or Tuesday. "Until then I'm just training just in case I do get a late call for the Tour, but as you can imagine I've not got very much motivation at the moment. After that I guess I'll be looking towards the Vuelta."
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