Orica GreenEdge have named a virtually unchanged team from last year for the World Championships time trial. Luke Durbridge, Svein Tuft, Michael Hepburn, Brett Lancaster, Jens Mouris, and Damien Howson, who replaced Daryl Impey from 2013, complete the six-man team. Cameron Meyer has been named as the team's reserve.
Orica-GreenEdge narrowly missed out on gold twelve months ago with Omega Pharma QuickStep edging them by under a second. The Australian outfit has spent the last fortnight moulding their selection at a training camp in Girona, Spain and team director Matt White believes that they can go all the way this year.
"For this course, we've got a really strong team. The difference between us and a couple of other teams is that we don't have one out-and-out super star like Tony Martin on Omega Pharma Quickstep, or Brad Wiggins at Sky.However what we have are a really tight-knit bunch of guys who are prepared to suffer and that's one of our key strengths," Matt White told Cyclingnews within hours of finalising the line-up.
"We know we have our hands full, especially with Omega because in my opinion Tony Martin is the best time trialist that the world has ever seen. However cycling is about challenges and this is one of the biggest ones for us as a team."
"All that said, this is a team effort. So we've been concentrating on our strengths and our game plan. We're confident we can go out there and deliver. I think the podium will be between us, Team Sky and Omega."
The team trials kick off the World Championships on Sunday with the men's teams competing over a 57.1 kilometre course. Last year in Florence, Team Sky finished third, with BMC Racing in fourth.
Orica GreenEdge World Championships team time trial roster: Brett Lancaster, Damien Howson, Jens Mouris, Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Svein Tuft.
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