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Evans withdraws from Olympics road time trial

July 30, 2008 |  7:43 pm

Australian team leader Cadel Evans Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans of Australia has withdrawn from Thursday's Olympic Games road time trial because of a knee injury. Evans told reporters in Sydney that he will undergo treatment this week before deciding whether to compete in the Olympic road race.

His spot in the time trial will be filled by three-time world champion Michael Rogers.

The Associated Press reports that Evans injured the knee last Sunday, and that it swelled during an airplane flight to Switzerland on Monday. He has seen a doctor for treatment. “I recognized I might not be at my absolute best in the race against the clock, but I can still make a significant contribution to the team effort for the road race” he said.

Photo: Australian team leader Cadel Evans celebrates his second-place finish in the 2008 Tour de France. Credit: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

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