Don't know how others feels but I must say I'm pretty dissapointed that Cadel has pulled out of the Olympics time trial. Considering he's taken a very coveted spot as a rider representing his country he should ride, fatigued or not. Doesn't matter to me where he comes in the standings. Someone else, maybe a young, upcoming rider should have had the opportunity instead.
Cadel would be feeling emotional pressure. He did not do as well as the public expected in TDF (although 7th in the world).
Arguably Ritchie Porte or Luke Durbridge should have been selected anyway....
i agree Terry. I am such a huge cadel fan and have been for a long time but he was never going to be at peak fitness for the Olympics and was just taking a spot away from a fitter rider, not a better rider just a fitter one.
I think that Richie should have been selected when it was obvious a while ago that Cadel was struggling for a wide range of reasons. It is admirable that he wanted to pull on the green and gold but.....
IOC rules stipulate that if you want to ride in the ITT then you need to have ridden in the Road Race. However Cycling Australia did not have a 'reserve' for the ITT anyway and I could not see Stu , Gerrans or Goss getting anywhere in an Olympic ITT. So there it is. You can't help it if you are unwell.
Team doctor(s) have advised him not to race - no point trashing himself considering he isn't physically well, stomach and chest thingo. In the meantime - Go Rodgers!
I believe Cadel is injured so let's not be too harsh on him.
It's a shame, but I would be doing the same thing if I were in his shoes too.
My eyes will be on the Meares v Pendleton track race anyway.
I have never disrespected Cadel or his achievements. He was able to do what a lot other Australian cyclist cannot. I will always admire his approach and his abilities in both good and bad times.
Clinical Fatigue creeps up on you like a thief in the night and in this case we have all been robbed but no one more so than Cadel Evans.
Thankfully the doctors and heads of Australian Cycling wont let him die trying because he probably would or at least ruin future attempt at The Tour by getting really unwell.
Those Swisse ads are going to have a new angle tho !
Agree. It's better to live to fight another day. people need to remember that Cadel was coming off a bad dose of Sinusitis prior to the Dauphine and TDF. It all adds up.