It's great news that Cadel Evans has decided to leave Silence-Lotto - not that the announcement has come as a real surprise, writes Mike Tomalaris.
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7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:36 PM

It's great news that Cadel Evans has decided to leave Silence-Lotto - not that the announcement has come as a real surprise..

Evans'
world championship win has definitely increased his bargaining power -
that being the case he may have had no choice but to move camps after
winning gold in Switzerland.

Be that as it may, he is the
newly-crowned world champion and wherever he ends up, let us hope he is
given the respect he duly deserves as one of the world's top
pro-cyclists and that his ambition to win the Tour de France is finally
realised.

The chemistry between the Australian and his Belgian
based team appeared frosty, to say the least. I feel it had more to do
with cultural rather than creative tensions between the Silence-Lotto
captain and his teammates.

And from the moment he "lost" this
year's Tour de France after the team's disastrous performance in the
stage four team time-trial, the relationship had clearly broken down.

Evans must ensure this does not happen again.

Ranked
number five in the world, he is now in a position to set the table for
2010, signing with a team that is ready to assemble a team of fighters
who will bury themselves for him in France next July.

From where I sit covering the Tour for SBS, that hasn't necessarily been the case in the past couple of years.

Off
the bike and away from the pressures of the cycling environment which
consumes his season, Evans is a genuine "Mr Nice Guy". In fact, you
couldn't meet a nicer more inquisitive human being.

In the times
I have crossed paths with him, he's often asked about how things are in
my life, which is a pleasant change in the world of sporting egos.

But
I feel Evans may need to change his attitude and express some more
aggression after he signs on the dotted line with his new employer.

Evans learned a lot from Robbie McEwen when the Aussie pair headed Silence-Lotto's Tour de France attack in 2007.

He
now needs to take a leaf out of McEwen's book and take a more
"hard headed" business approach, and show the honchos at his new team
who is boss when it comes to ruling the roads to Paris.

I've got a strong feeling, 2010 may the start of a new era for a bloke who deserves all the accolades he gets.