Cadel Evans has withdrew from the Beijing Olympic TT race due to a knee injury.
From Yahoo.SYDNEY, Australia - Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans withdrew from the Olympic Games road time trial on Thursday because to a knee injury.
Evans told reporters he will undergo treatment this week before making a decision on whether he will travel to Beijing to contest the road race. He will be replaced in the time trial by three-time world champion Michael Rogers.
Evans, who finished runner-up in the Tour de France for the second straight year, earlier played down suggestions he had suffered an injury which threatened his Olympic campaign. After flying home to Switzerland this week, he said his knee became swollen and he visited an orthopedic specialist for precautionary scans.
"I slipped on a wet floor on Sunday night and my team (Silence Lotto) doctor immediately had a look at it and said not to worry," Evans said.
"I immediately headed back to the hotel and to bed and on Monday morning I felt a bit sore but didn't feel I'd done any damage.
"But on the flight home my knee began to swell up so I had to consider going to see a specialist who recommended canceling my ride in the criterium in Belgium in favor of getting some scans done.
"It's not a major injury but it's something I will have to manage carefully.
"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.
"I'll be training and getting treatment over the next few days to confirm my participation by Monday."