Although he is refusing to confirm any potential move, it seems certain that Cadel Evans is set to l
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Cadel Evans has revealed on his personal website that he is close to agreeing a new deal, although for the moment he is not saying where this new deal might take him. It has been widely reported in Belgium that the Australian climber has been negotiating with the new Omega Pharma-Lotto set-up, but Evans did not confirm the new Belgian team as his destination, saying only that a deal had been completed and was being looked over by his lawyers. The Australian has had an unhappy couple of seasons with Telekom/T-Mobile. Much was expected of him last year after a great spell with Mapei, but three collar-bone breaks meant that the former mountain biker missed out on all of his main targets for the year. This season T-Mobile boss Walter Godefroot instructed the Australian to prepare for the Tour but then, rather controversially, overlooked Evans at the last moment, saying he was concerned about the Australian’s fragility and lack of experience. Unsurprisingly, Evans was unimpressed with the decision, although he is hoping for one last hurrah in T-Mobile’s colours at next month’s Vuelta. Before then he will spend this weekend watching the Olympic road race that was another of his targets this season and then ride a series of one-day events in Italy as well as the Championship of Zurich prior to the Vuelta. Evans has tipped two team-mates for Olympic glory. On the trade team side he has selected Alexandre Vinokourov, based on the Kazakh’s recent winning ride in the Regio Tour, where Evans was fifth. From the Australian national team, Evans picked out HEW Cyclassics Cup winner Stuart O’Grady. Another of T-Mobile’s high profile but hardly successful ‘foreign’ signings, Belgian Mario Aerts, has announced that he will definitely be riding in Omega-Lotto colours next season after two years with the German team.