Orica GreenEdge will target stage wins in next week's Santos Tour Down Under, with a strong line up that includes former race winner Cameron Meyer and former Tour de France leader Daryl Impey.
The team heads into the race without defending champion Simon Gerrans, who was ruled out with a broken collar bone last month.
“The Tour Down Under is a big race for us,” sport director Matt White said in a team press release. “We always look forward to racing at home for our Australian fans and putting on a show for them. This year will be no different. The aim this year is to try and win a stage and to animate the action.
“We might be going in without our defending champion but, like the national championships, it’s a time for our guys to step up and prove that we are a multidimensional team and that we can win at all stages of the year even without some of our key riders.”
All but Impey raced the Australian national championships last weekend, meaning that there are no spots for Michael Matthews, who will start his season next month, or the in-form Caleb Ewan.
“Daryl is coming from South Africa, so he is coming from summer as well, has been to the race multiple times before and is also looking for a strong start to the season.
“I am really happy with the group we have assembled.”
“Caleb has a program that I am very confident will get him wins during the season,” White explained. “Yes, he is in great shape at the moment, but he has only two weeks until he races again in the Cadel Evans Classic.”
“We are definitely looking big picture for Caleb with his goals for the year and his long term future which is why he will not be lining up in Adelaide.”
ORICA-GreenEDGE at the Santos Tour Down Under: Sam Bewley, Simon Clarke, Luke Durbridge, Mathew Hayman, Michael Hepburn, Daryl Impey, Cameron Meyer.