Agence France-PresseJanuary 18, 2014 23:20
Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans will headline a strong home challenge at the season-opening Tour Down Under, which begins in South Australia's Barossa Valley on Tuesday.
Evans, 36, has not raced the UCI World Tour event since 2010 but a change to his calendar means the BMC rider will take to the roads surrounding Adelaide this year.
Evans is one of several Australians with realistic chances of winning in 2014.
Orica GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans, who won in 2012, and Richie Porte from Team Sky join Evans as leading local challengers.