Cadel Evans probably will compete in next year’s London Olympics after defending his Tour de France title, Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said.
Evans, who became the first southern hemisphere champion in cycling’s premier race three days ago, previously competed at the Olympics as a mountain biker in 1996 and 2000 before switching to a road bike. He rode in the time trial and the road race at the 2008 Beijing Games.
“We believe that he will want to compete in these Games again, in the time trial,” Coates said today at an AOC function in Sydney marking the one-year countdown to the 2012 Games.
Victory in London would allow Evans, 34, to join Germany’s Jan Ullrich and Spain’s Miguel Indurain as the only road cyclists to win a gold medal, Tour de France and Road World Championships title.
Evans finished 15th in the Beijing Olympics road race behind Samuel Sanchez, who won the King of the Mountains polka dot jersey at this month’s Tour de France, and placed fifth in the time trial four days later.
“He came into the Games with a knee injury and wasn’t at his best,” Coates said.
The London Olympics road race is scheduled for July 28 with the time trial on Aug. 1. Next year’s Tour de France starts June 30 in Liege, Belgium, and ends in Paris on July 22.