Team BMC star Cadel Evans has been suffering from a virus that has already seen him cut his season short in order to give himself time to recover and the Australian will undergo a blood test later in the week to ascertain what his status is at the moment and whether he will be able to start his training schedule for the winter at the normal time.
The former Tour de France winner had to cut his season short in early September while competing in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado and tests revealed afterwards that he had been suffering from a virus attack.
The veteran Australian racer is planning to return to training as soon as possible, hopefully in the coming weeks but only after he has been given the all clear to train by the specialists in Milan. The head medic of Team BMC Dr. Max Testa said in a statement that the team will sit down with Evans after his results are revealed and only then can a decision be reached regarding his schedule.
He also admitted that the plan, still, is to maintain the winter training schedule that was discussed with the members of the team before and that there is absolutely no reason to think that there will be a change in his training program for next year. The Australian looked extremely spent as he failed to defend his Tour de France title earlier in the year.
Although the Aussie did manage to take part in the road race of the Olympic Games in late July, he had to pull out of the time trial events before pulling out from the US event as well as the UCI Road World Championship to give himself time to recover from the bout of virus in due time for next year.