- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 5 June 2009
“Excellent training. And fast! This was the ideal moment and the ideal place to prepare the team time trial we shall be facing soon at Tour de France.” Said Cadel.
Cadel Evans with other Silence – Lotto riders on Monday trained on the Zolder racing circuit, the scope was to prepare thoroughly the riders and their steeds for stage 4 of the 2009 Tour, a team time trial around Montpellier.
“Whoever aims at a podium must consider this stage, and a good preparation and training are vital “, said Evans.“But one problem is that in Mai and June, the riders are all over Europe: Giro, Tour of Belgium, Dauphin? starting newt Sunday, to be followed by Tour de Suisse.
But the main difficulty is training over open roads. Thus, I accepted eagerly as soon as I was proposed to train on a specially rented racing circuit. Even at the cost of a quick flight Switzerland-Belgium and back. Such a proposal by the team is a magnificent demonstration of confidence.”
Apart from Evans, Silence – Lotto had called ten other candidates to the Tour: Lang, Wegelius, Delage, Dekker, Van den Broeck, Sentjens, Van Avermaet, Staf Scheirlinckx, Vansummeren and Aerts.
“Riding on such a circuit, wide and free of all traffic is the perfect condition to learn and practice”, said ex pro-rider Michael Rich, presently technical adviser of Canyon, supplier of the bikes, who was present and who admired Evans and co cornering at 60 kilometres per hour. “Any gap between two riders causes a loss of time. This is millimeter work, and man must be confident. But this is totally impossible over open roads.”
While most team mates were having a shower, Evans and Sebastian Lang rode for another hour on the circuit. Coming Sunday starts Dauphin? Lib?r?, his last race before the Tour begins on the 4th of July at Monaco.
Website: Cadel Evans
Website: Team Silence Lotto