Sydney - Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans was declared fit on Monday to ride for Australia in the road race at the Beijing Olympics.
Evans looked set to miss his fourth Olympics after injuring his knee when he slipped on a wet floor at a post-race celebration in Paris.
Australian cycling officials told national broadcaster ABC that the 31-year-old would compete in the 245-kilometre road race on Saturdcay and may also start the time trial four days later on August 13.
Coach Shayne Bannan said a five-hour training ride with team-mates at the cycling team camp at Varese in Italy on Sunday had passed off without incident.
"Cadel was pretty much pain-free in that," he said. "He had some more icing on his knee and therapy last night. He woke up at breakfast time and there's been no swelling and every indication is that he's raring to go race in Beijing."
Evans will wait until after the road race before deciding whether he will line up for the time trial.
Three-time world time trial champion Michael Rodgers took Evans' place in the time trial. But the International Cycling Union handed the Australians a wild card entry so that both of them could compete. Evans said he would decide on the time trial after the road race. (dpa)
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