Evans and BMC ready for Romandie

BMC team leader Cadel Evans (Image: Sirotti)

Australia's former world cycling champion Cadel Evans will return to racing this week at the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland.

Evans was unable to defend his Fleche Wallonne title last week and also had to sit out the Amstel Gold race because of injury.

He crashed near his Swiss home while training on March 31 and hurt his right quadricep muscle.

The two-time Tour de France runner-up said in a BMC team statement his fitness was around 90-95 per cent for the April 26-May 1 race.

Evans won the Tour de Romandie five years ago, but is playing down his expectations for this year's edition.

"I want to take it day-by-day and find out what level I'm at and from that make a plan of what I can contribute to the team," Evans said.

"The hardest part will be people expecting me to go there to win it.

"You have to be realistic, I've had four weeks of interrupted training, it's not what I'd planned and not at the level I wanted to go to Romandie."

He has not raced since finishing eighth overall at the Tour of Catalonia in Spain on March 27.

Despite his injury setback, Evans is confident he remains on track for the July Tour de France.

Evan's BMC Team also announced the return to racing of Under 23 World Time Trial Champion Taylor Phinney who had been struggling with a series of injuries.

BMC for the Tour de Romandie:

Cadel Evans (AUS), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Taylor Phinney (USA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Johann Tschopp (SUI), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

cycling central-latest /Videos


The latest on cycling central


On SBS TV & Radio