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Orica-GreenEdge names strong team for Tour Down Under

Stephen Farrand
January 1, 10:12,
January 1, 10:21
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Santos Tour Down Under
Simon Gerrans sits in the Orica GreenEdge train

Simon Gerrans sits in the Orica GreenEdge train

  • Simon Gerrans sits in the Orica GreenEdge train
  • Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) happy with his Tour stage win
  • Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge)
  • Simon Gerrans gives locals another reason to cheer on Australia Day by taking the win on top of Old Willunga Hill

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Gerrans, Goss, Matthews and Hayman in the squad

Simon Gerrans heads a strong Orica-GreenEdge team for the Santos Tour Down Under, with the Australian WorldTour team looking for overall success and stage victories thanks to the presence of sprinters Matt Goss and Michael Matthews in the seven-man squad. New recruit Matt Hayman is also in the team after joining Orica-GreenEdge from Team Sky.

Daryl Impey, Simon Clarke and Luke Durbridge complete the Orica-GreenEdge line-up and will play a vial role of support for the sprinters and team leaders.

Gerrans won the Santos Tour Down Under in 2012 and the stage to Old Willunga Hill in 2013, ahead of overall winner Tom-Jelte Slagter.

“As an Australian team, this is an important race for us," Orica-GreenEdge directeur sportif Matt White said in the official announcement of the team.

“We always want to do well at the Tour Down Under. We have quite a strong team, and everyone is really motivated to bring home some good results in front of our Australian fans."

“We’re targeting stage wins and focused on the overall. We have a number of options to achieve our goals. We’re thrilled to have Mathew Hayman, a guy with so much experience in our team. He knows his way around the race and will be a big benefit for us.”

Orica-GreenEdge team for the Santos Tour Down Under: Simon Clarke, Simon Gerrans, Matthew Goss, Mathew Hayman, Daryl Impey, Michael Matthews and Luke Durbridge.

The racing begins on January 19 with the People's Choice Classic criterium. The Santos Tour Down Under begins on January 21.

bike_boy 9 months ago
They've selected an excellent team for the race.
Pedal Pusher 9 months ago
Strong balanced team. Would like to see Simon Clarke do well. Hayman will add great experience since O"Grady finished. Interesting that both Goss and Matthews are in team - wonder who will be designated lead sprinter!
bike_boy 9 months ago
I hoping they both have a good year. The future is blings tho.
Rhys Brett 9 months ago
Goss is on last chance - Caleb Ewan might be the future
bike_boy 9 months ago
Goss raced very well yesterday in the baycrits yesterday. he lost out cause of nerves and inexperience I think, he'll come good. The club riders and two other pros he broke away with beat him convincingly, because they're in some good form at the moment.
Pedal Pusher 9 months ago
And Bling Matthews who had a very strong last half of 2013. He rode well not just in sprints but also with some climbing.