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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion
Sunday, February 1, 2015

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Cadel Evans Ends Professional Racing Career

BMC sent this release noting Cadel Evans' professional cycling career came to an end with the Cadel Evans Great Road Race on Sunday:

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans at this year's Tour Down Under, where he finished third.

"Geelong, Australia - Cadel Evans finished fifth in the final race of his professional career Sunday as Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quick Step) won the inaugural edition of the BMC Racing Team rider's own event, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

"Evans and teammate Danilo Wyss - who finished eighth - contested the sprint from a small group at the end of the 174-kilometer race that traveled through Evans's hometown of Barwon Heads. Simon Clarke (ORICA-GreenEDGE) was runner-up and Nathan Haas (Team Cannondale-Garmin) finished third.

"I have to say - from a rider's point of view - I was very happy to make the front group today," Evans told the crowd afterwards. "It wasn't a very hilly race, but (had) windy conditions. It was a really solid, hard, aggressive race. I have to thank my competitors and also the crowd for spurring on all the competitors and for the cheering ambiance. It made it nearly a classic."

Busy Start to February Racing

February starts with a bang. There are three big races today (Sunday, Feb 1). First, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race in Australia. The French season opens with The Grand Prix la Marseillaise and in Spain there is the final leg of the Challenge Illes Balears, the Trofeo Palma.

We get a couple of days to catch our breath before three big races begin on Wednesday, the fourth. We'll start with the Dubai Tour, ranked HC, and also cover France's Etoile de Bessèges and Australia's Herald Sun Tour. Good stuff!

Team Sky's Roster for Upcoming Races

Team Sky sent this notice who's racing:

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins will be at the Tour of Qatar

Dubai Tour (4- 7 February): Ian Boswell, Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, David Lopez, Salvatore Puccio, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Elia Viviani

Tour of Qatar (8-13 February): Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Christian Knees, Danny Pate, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Chris Sutton, Bradley Wiggins

BMC for Dubai Tour

Dubai Tour (Feb. 4-7) Rider Roster: Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Stefan Küng (SUI), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Daniel Oss (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Rick Zabel (GER)

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert

Sport Director: Max Sciandri (ITA)

Doctor: Roger Palfreeman (GBR)

Staff: Mechanics: Jean-Marc Vandenberghe (BEL), Thierry Viaene (FRA). Press Officer: Sean Weide (USA). Therapists: Geert Tiebergyn (BEL), Frits van der Heide (NED), Freddy Viaene (BEL)

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