Orica-GreenEdge hit Eneco Tour with versatile squad

Tuft, Impey and Keukeleire start

Australian outfit Orica-GreenEdge will be looking to take their recent good form to the Eneco Tour, which starts on Monday.

The WorldTour team has won five races already this month with success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Eneco has been a happy hunting ground for the team. Last year Svein Tuft won the individual time trial, the team picked up the team time trial, and the squad occupied three positions inside the top ten overall.

“Last year was very successful for us, with the incredible week that Svein had,” said sport director Laurenzo Lapage. “As a director, winning the team time trial in particular was a very special moment for me to be involved in.”

While there’s no team time trial this time around, Tuft does return. He will be joined by Tour de France yellow jersey Daryl Impey and want-away Classics specialist Sebastian Langeveld, who confirmed this week that he will leave the team at the end of the season.

Jens Keukeleire, who has won two stages at the Tour of Burgos this week, and Pieter Weening, fresh from his Tour of Poland win, also line up.

“With the team we have selected, we have many different cards to play,” said Lapage. “We will start without a real leader, and day by day we will formulate a plan. Starting the individual time trial with a few riders in good overall positions is important to that plan.”

“If we look through the roster, you can see that we have a strong team with many options,” said Lapage. “Coming off the Tour de France, we have Daryl Impey and Svein Tuft. Daryl is a real team rider, and he could produce a surprise overall result, depending on his recovery from the Tour. Jens [Mouris] and Svein are always important additions to any team, especially these tough Classic-style races. We also expect a good result from Svein in the time trial.”

“Langeveld is our big Classics specialist. He’s ready to race and really motivated for Eneco, and he can also provide good team support when necessary. Keukeleire has showed in Burgos that he is in great condition, and racing so close to home will give him extra motivation.”

Orica-GreenEdge for Eneco Tour 2013: Aidis Kruopis, Daryl Impey, Jens Keukeleire, Jens Mouris, Luke Durbridge, Pieter Weening, Sebastian Langeveld, Svein Tuft.


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