The Tour de France winner of 2011 Cadel Evans has been named in the road cycling team of Australia for the upcoming London Olympic Games and is expected to spearhead the side as it looks for glory in the cycling arena. Stuart O’Grady, a six time veteran of the Olympic Games, Simon Gerrans and Matt Goss, the champions at Milan – San Remo as well as Michael Rogers, a former world champion in time trials will make up the remainder of the team, who will face stiff competition from Geraint Thomas, Mark Cavendish and the rest of the GB Team.
Speaking about the team selection, Matt White, the professional men’s coordinator stated that such is the depth of talent that Australia can boast of in the world stage, it could easily have sent two teams to compete in the Olympic Games. He stated that at the moment, there are around 30 Australian riders who are currently riding in the Pro Tour and not only are they riding, but are contributing hugely to the team’s success as well.
It is almost certain at this stage that Matt Goss will be the team leader under the protection of the others for the road race that takes place on the 28th of July in case it has a bunch finish whereas Simon Gerrans and Cadel Evans are more than capable of covering and launching attacks late into the race. Speaking about the wealth of talent that he has at his disposal, White stated that they will go in to compete for the top step in the podium.
The time trial of the London Olympic Games takes place on the 1st of August and the former world champion Michael Rogers is likely to be teamed up with Cadel Evans and they will almost certainly looking for a clean sweep of the cycling Gold Medals that are available at the London Olympic Games.