Evans Withdraws from Tirreno-Adriatico
Earlier today former Tour de France Champion Cadel Evans of Team BMC Racing decided to withdraw from this year's Tirreno-Adriatico before the start of today's final stage - a 9.2 kilometer individual time trial.
According to the BMC team, Evans will now return home and resume training for his main goal of the season: the 2014 Giro d'Italia.
Evans' results in the Tirreno-Adriatico race have been short of expectations.
"Obviously, my results are not anywhere near my expectations or intentions coming here," Evans stated. "It is disappointing because we obviously worked a lot and I worked to continue the momentum that we started at the Tour Down Under. But obviously, the results tell a different story."
"So I will have to go home and reassess the situation and start again toward the next goals," Evans added.
Evans' best result of the race came in the opening stage last Wednesday when the BMC Racing Team placed 11th in the team time trial.
Evans' season started with runner-up finishes in January at both the Australian national road championships and the Santos Tour Down Under. In February, he scored a pair of top 10 results at the Tour du Haut Var on the way to fifth place overall and was seventh at Strade Bianche on March 8.
Evans, who finished third in last year's Giro d'Italia said Tirreno-Adriatico was not entirely disappointing. He said the six stages he did complete provided "a very good workload" and the time spent racing with teammates built familiarity with some new teammates who will join him at the 2014 Giro d'Italia.
Evans is scheduled to next compete at the 2014 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco from April 7-12.
"Unfortunately things aren't going well," the past Tour de France and world road champion said. "That's the way it goes. We have ups and downs. That's life."