Australian cyclist Cadel Evans quit the Tirreno-Adriatico even though there was one whole stage remaining to be completed in order to focus on bigger goals in the near future. The Australian star was frustrated by hus poor run of form and it was a sensible decision to quit so that he can concentrate on his upcoming endeavour.
Cadel Evans was on the 70th spot and almost half an hour down from the ultimate winner Alberto Contador when they headed into the final stage time trial in the San Benedetto del Tronto on Tuesday. BMC Racing Team did not give any official reason for the withdrawal of the cyclist, but later he revealed that he will be returning to his home in Switzerland where he will resume his practice and will work hard towards his ultimate goal – the Giro d’Italia which will be starting in May.
The start of the year was quite fruitful for Cadel Evans as he finished second in the Tour Down Under, but after that a serious dip has occurred in his form and it is being considered to be a major reason behind his untimely withdrawal. Evans has been struggling in the rocky tracks of the Tirreno-Adriatico, and he ended up losing by more than almost 25 minutes to Contador over this weekend.
Compatriot Richie Porte also pulled out of this race just ahead of the fifth stage citing health issues, which further boasted Contador’s victory and the race became quite one sided after that.
Cadel Evans has apologized to his fans and has said that he will be concentrating on the Giro d’Italia to be held in Italy late this year rather than the Tour de France and he has vowed to come back strongly in the tournament with a far better performance than this.