Contador only said that because he was returning to racing after his brain operation. Contador gifting stages and not going all out when he raced in races like the Dauphine shows that. If you substituted Merckx for Contador I would agree. He even wanted to win every kermesse or criterium he rode in. Evans never gives the impression he is racing to train for another race as other GT riders do. He always tries unlike the brothers Schleck, Menchov and many others. I think you are confusing success with effort. Look at Evan's wins and podiums in smaller stage races plus four podiums at the Dauphine, plenty of top tens in the classics plus the Fleche win. Not the record of someone who sets himself to only win certain races every year.El Pistolero said:Evans wouldn't have been interested in the Vuelta either if he won the Tour. The only reason he rode it was because he always failed in the Tour until 2011. Do you think Eddy Merckx gave a **** about the Vuelta? He didn't. Neither did Freddy Maertens who viewed it as a prep race for the Giro.
Contador is the only rider in the peloton to have won 2 GTs in a season and he did great in 2011 as well. And before you try and show off Evans starting in the Tour Down Under, remember that a victory in the Tour Down Under is what Contador considers his most beautiful victory.
Contador is racing to win in every single one of those 68 days. I can't say the same about Evans.
7 GTs versus 1. Case closed.