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Evans (with Chad Beyer) is getting to know the roads of California quite well. (Photo BMC Racing Team)
Evans (with Chad Beyer) is getting to know the roads of California quite well. (Photo BMC Racing Team)

A Chat With The World Champion

4. February 2010

Santa Rosa

Fresh off the BMC Racing Team’s training camp in California, Cadel Evans looks back on the start of his season and ahead to a year of racing alongside new teammates in the rainbow jersey.

How did you feel about your performance at the Santos Tour Down Under?
We didn’t win anything but that wasn’t our objective. The BMC Racing Team’s objectives were to go there and start working together as a unit in a race situation. I’m real happy with how we functioned both as a team and also getting to know the guys in a race situation. It was a good way to get to know (Director Sportif) John Lelangue and guys like George (Hincapie) and (Mauro) Santambrogio and everyone else.

After the Tour Down Under, you traveled to the United States for the last five days of the team’s training camp. How did that go?
It was a really productive time. Certainly there were a lot of people to get to know. In fact, nearly everyone on the team was new to me. So in that way, it was productive. It was also good to get to know the new materials, the new equipment and the BMC Racing Team’s sponsors. Certainly, everyone is enthusiastic and motivated – that’s both on the part of the riders and staff. So it’s good to be a part of a program like that.

During the days when the media was at training camp, a lot was made about how relaxed you were and how a “new Cadel Evans” is emerging. Is that true?
(Laughs.) Yes, I am well-supported now with this team and I am used to being myself again. It’s nice.

You are still in the United States now, doing some training and sightseeing with your wife, Chiara. How has that been going?
I have been getting some attention, even though that hasn’t been my objective.  This is my first time in the United States in a few years, although I’m quite familiar with America from my mountain biking years. It’s been quite a bit of fun, actually.

You have a new book titled “Close to Flying” that was recently published. Tell us how that biography came about.
My main motivation for writing the book was as a bit of a promotional thing for cycling, particularly in Australia. I wanted to help people understand the sport a little bit more and everything that is involved. In the end, the book explains a little bit about racing and a lot more about what it takes to be a professional and some of the challenges you have to confront to become a good professional. For me, it’s been quite well received. Like all things, in retrospect, if you could go back and do it all again you can do it better. But for the first time putting together a book, it has been a bit of an interesting experience going through the whole process. Hopefully, it will be available overseas soon.

If you could sum up your expectations for the 2010 season with the BMC Racing Team in one sentence, what would it be?
I want to perform to the maximum of my potential in the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.