February 20, 2008
You train your heart out but can’t be sure until race-day. You hold back and start easy in a multi-stage race with good team support. The first day goes OK so you take a few of your teammates into an early break. It’s a tough day and you work hard, but then you see a chance to win, so you go for it. Well it’s really a personal fantasy of mine to be race-fit straight out of the box, yet it seems to be do-able if Cadel is any guide.
Last year’s Tour de France runner-up, Cadel Evans, has taken an early season victory after winning the second stage of the 54th Vuelta a Andalucía. His win in just his second day of competition this year, proves the 31 year-old Australian’s training during the off-season was not hampered by the many commitments he had with various charities and other functions. It also indicates that his preparation is right on schedule as for his assault on the 2008 Tour de France where he is a noted favourite after Astana’s non selection, which leaves last year’s first and third placed riders, Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer out of the coming edition.