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by Mark Zalewski
November 19, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ASO announces end to historic Critérium International; Report: Angliru to feature in 2017 Vuelta; Rojas back on bike after Vuelta crash; Hayman, Garfoot named Australian Cyclists of the Year; Peter Sagan to start 2017 down under; Selle Italia becomes co-title sponsor of Wilier Triestina team; UCI Continental Team Illuminate to continue in 2017; Cadel Evans too intimidated to cycle in Sydney; Law changes could affect British cyclists injured by drivers; New research bolsters claims that exercise combats depression; Stolen Rio gold medals returned to Paralympic champion Cooke; Cavendish on the Ghent Six Day race; Hardbrakers Grandtour 2014; Timelapse at the Ghent Six Day.
Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans says that cycling in Sydney is far too intimidating for him, as the narrow roads and high populating, combined with a lack of respect for cyclists, make for a dangerous combination.
“I’m not intimidated to ride in many places but Sydney is one of them,” he said. “This could apply to many places in Australia but in Sydney the traffic is concentrated because the population is concentrated [so] that lack of respect and sometimes aggression is concentrated.”
“The most scary experience as a bike rider I’ve had in my career, including descending at 120kmh in a race in a group of 200 riders, is a truck or a car towing a caravan or a trailer which is wider than the car itself skimming your elbow or your leg or your shoe,” he said. “You can die doing that.”
Evans supports what the current Mayor, Clover Moore, is attempting to do to make cycling more friendly, despite opposition.
“And poor Clover Moore has all these people that seem to be holding up the good things that she wants to change and voicing her opinion and trying to educate the public what’s best for the short, medium and long term infrastructure in Sydney.”
Click through to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.