Cadel Evans will use the Giro d'Italia as an indicator on whether or not he will retire from cycling.

The Australian had a disappointing Tour de France last year, finishing 39th, an hour and a half behind race winner Chris Froome.

Evans will be focusing on the Giro this year and will not be taking part in the Tour de France for the first time in 10 years.

Teejay Van Garderen will lead the BMC team in France instead of 2011's winner.

With the Australian's 37th birthday approaching and his current contract expiring Evans will have a big decision to make in the coming months but says he will use the Giro as an indicator to his future plans.

The Canberra Times reports Evans said: "I would like to do a good Giro and use that as an indicator to the future.

"My main thing, as I have said before, is to get back to my top level whether that is 2011 level or one or two per cent less – whatever my best is, [to] get back to that and then make assessments on the future on that.”

“Ever since I was about 20, I didn't want to retire from the sport having any regrets in terms of not having tried harder or worked harder,” he said.

“I wouldn't want to retire early thinking six months down the track: 'I could be up there at the front beating those guys.' I have no experience retiring from sport. [You] don't want to cut yourself short, but you don't want to be caught trying to squeeze out any more than is actually there.”

“To go for the Giro with a serious plan and serious intention and with the whole backing of a team behind me [and] to do it properly rather than go there, not half heartedly but not properly prepared like we did in 2013 … The result was OK [in 2013], but it could have been much better."

Evans finished third in the Giro last year and will try to get another podium finish, this time at the top, and with he backing of his full BMC team he will be tough to beat.

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