Cadel Evans officially registered for MARS Road Nationals in Ballarat

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2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans has officially registered for the Elite Men’s Road Race at the MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat on January 12, 2014.

The anticipated appearance of Australia’s most decorated cyclist has been warmly welcomed by race organisers, with thousands of additional cycling fans expected to flock to the Ballarat region hoping to catch a glimpse of the 2009 road world champion in action at the Road Nationals for the first time since 2005.

“The nationals road race presents the first genuine racing opportunity of the year,” said Evans who has declared that his Grand Tour focus will centre on the 2014 Giro d’Italia.

“Provided my training form continues as planned and following a final consultation with my team, I’m looking forward to lining up on Sunday morning for a solid hit out against a quality field.”

Evans’ decorated career also includes Commonwealth Games gold, mountain bike world cup series victories (1998/’99) and two elite mountain bike national titles (1997/’96) however, a national title on the road has thus far eluded the 36 year old.

“It’s always going to be a challenge taking on the larger teams such as ORICA-GreenEDGE and Drapac without my BMC team mates in support,” said Evans, who typically spends the Australian summer living and training around his home in Barwon Heads. “But I would expect the race to give me a good early season form guide leading into a solid block of racing over the coming months.”

Evans’ registration adds to an already impressive line up which is likely to include Team Sky’s Richie Porte and Chris Sutton, ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Simon Gerrans, Luke Durbridge, Matthew Goss and Matthew Hayman as well as Garmin Sharp riders Rohan Dennis, Steele von Hoff and Lachlan Morton.

The event will also see Australia’s only professional continental cycling team Drapac debut its full strength outfit including former pro-tour riders Jonathan Cantwell, Will Clarke and Wes Sulzberger and Travis Meyer.

About the 2014 MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships

  • Wednesday January 8 to Sunday January 12, 2014
  • Features three major disciplines – time trial, criterium and road race for men, women and under 23 men.
  • It will be the eighth consecutive year the Ballarat region has hosted the Championships
  • Entry numbers expected to exceed 600
  • A record 20,000 fans attended the event in 2013 while more than 160,000 watched the live broadcast of the Elite Men’s race on SBS TV.
  • Live broadcast of the 183.6km Elite Men’s Road Race on SBS ONE 2-5pm Sunday January 12.