Australian pro road cyclist Cadel Evans announced on Monday that he would not compete in the Giro d'Italia this season because he was determined to win the Tour de France in July.
The 31-year-old, second in the last two Tours, explained that while he would have liked to compete in the Giro it simply did not fit into his plans as he prepares to take on 2007 Tour champ Alberto Contador, his Astana teammate seven-time winner Lance Armstrong, and 2008 winner Carlos Sastre.
"There has been a lot of talk about the Giro in the press," said the Silence team leader. "I have for a long time doubted that I would compete in the Giro. And I have finally decided not to race in the Giro. It is not that I don't want to compete in the Giro, but I simply want to be as well prepared as possible for the Grande Boucle 9the Tour de France).
"And the Tour of Italy does not fit into that programme," he added.
© BikeRadar & AFP 2009