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Evans out of Epic
- Updated: March 28, 2011
South African Team 360LIFE rider Kevin Evans crashed out the Absa Cape Epic early in the first stage of the gruelling race on Monday.
Evans, one of the favourites to end on the podium in the week-long endurance event, crashed and broke his collar bone shortly before the second water point in the 89 kilometre stage from the Boland town of Tulbagh.
Evans and partner, fellow South African David George, had finished fourth in Sunday’s 27km Prologue in Tokai forest. Evans’ brakes failed on the second steep descent of the day.
Evans confirmed his misfortune on the social network Twitter, writing: Collar bone is broken, but my heart is shattered. He later updated his status to say: “Okay, so s**t happens. I’m overwhelmed by the support, thanks everyone. “I’ll be back, knock me down, I stand up! Again!”
Before Monday’s stage Evans had wished his fellow riders a safe ride — Capeepic st1, Tulbach, 89km, 2050m… Safe ride everyone!”
Sadly that wasn’t going to be the case for the 32-year-old George based cyclist.
Evans later spoke of the incident: ÔÇ£After the second long climb of the day in Fisantboskloof, with a very steep descent, I realised my brakes weren’t working. I was going way too fast and needed to pick a landing spot. I crashed really hard and knew immediately I was unlikely to get up. We rode to the nearest marshals and they confirmed that I would not be riding again this week. My collar bone was definitely broken.
ÔÇ£I can’t tell you how disappointed I feel. Both Dave (George) and I really looked forward to this year’s race and were in excellent shape. I’m so sorry for Dave and the team, as well as our sponsors. It’s the same collar bone I broke eight years ago. It was plated and screwed, and I never bothered to have it removed as it didn’t bother me. I’m on my way to the same specialist I went to then and he’ll need to decide whether he’s going to remove everything and start again.ÔÇØ
To the question of his history with the race – having had bad luck last year when his riding partner Alban Lakata broke the front wheel of his bike ÔÇô Evans simply answers that he will be back. ÔÇ£I’ll be coming back till I get it right. It’s not the amount of times you get knocked down that matter, but the amount of times you get up again.ÔÇØ
He will be joining David George and the team again at this year’s race if he is not operated on.