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Cadel Evans will use the time away from racing to build his fitness. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans will use the time away from racing to build his fitness. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Injury Recovery Scratches Evans From Amstel Gold Race

13. April 2011

Maastricht, The Netherlands

A quadricep injury will keep Cadel Evans from starting Sunday's Amstel Gold Race for the BMC Racing Team. But the former world champion said his recovery is going well and he remains on track to focus on the Tour de France.

Quadricep Still Bruised
Evans hurt his right quadricep when he crashed March 31 while riding near his Swiss home. BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said an MRI performed Tuesday revealed there is still a small bruise near the knee bone. "From a medical standpoint, he's out of competition for at least the next five days," Testa said. "Keeping him out longer will help the ultimate injury outcome and also give him time to get training to return on the top end."

No Long-Term Effects
Evans said he's disappointed not to be participating in the Ardennes classics. "Normally, I thought I'd be back by now but I had a check-up Tuesday and the bruising was a deeper than first thought," he said. "I had wanted to be a helper for Greg Van Avermaet at Amstel Gold and on a good level for Flèche Wallonne. But this won't be a long-term problem, especially for my preparation for the Tour. It's just a little hiccup along the way."

Return By Romandie
Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the BMC Racing Team's approach for Sunday's 260-kilometer race will not change. "We're still riding for Greg Van Avermaet, but we're losing a really good guy with Cadel – first as a teammate for Amstel and also as a leader for Flèche Wallonne," Lelangue said. Evans won Flèche Wallonne last year. Lelangue said barring any complications, Evans will return to action at the Tour de Romandie (April 26-May 1).

BMC Racing Team Amstel Gold Race Roster (April 17):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Matthias Frank (SUI), Martin Kohler (SUI), Jeff Louder (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

President/General Manager:

Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Chief Operating Officer:
Gavin Chilcott (USA)

Directeur Sportif:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Assistant Director:
Michael Sayers (USA)

Doctor: Dario Spinelli (ITA). Mechanics: Ian Sherburne (USA), Nick Vandecauter (BEL). Soigneurs: Chris De Vos (BEL), Jeremiah Ranegar (USA), Freddy Viaene (BEL). Bus Driver: Filip Sercu (BEL).