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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Aussie cycling champ ups Tibet campaign

June 15, 2008

The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
June 13, 2008

Australian Olympic cyclist Cadel Evans will step up his free-Tibet
campaign by producing T-shirts to bolster support for the
organisation behind the cause.

Evans is poised to sell the "Free Tibet" T-shirts after he approved
the use of a photo of him wearing one of the shirts on the Australian
edition of the Tour de France guide.

He already has the Free Tibet organisation link on his website.

He spoke to Fairfax newspapers from France during a break in his
training for the gruelling three-week race, which kicks off on July 5.

"Trying to bring awareness of the Tibet movement is something someone
in my position can do," Evans told Fairfax.

"I just feel really sorry for them. They don't harm anyone and they
are getting their culture taken away from them."

Evans, 31, revealed the controversial T-shirt in April at a race in
Belgium, when he unzipped his team jersey while peddling one of the
many steep ascents.

He has since joined forces with his Belgian team's sock sponsor,
SockGuy, to produce the same T-shirts.

"It is something we are working on behind the scenes," Evans said.

"It is a nice way to try and bring awareness to an issue that I feel
is important in the world."

Evans will fly to Beijing a week after the Tour de France but said he
will not violate Olympic regulations by wearing the T-shirt during the games.
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