Teklehaimanot starts season at Dauphiné

Orica GreenEdge targets stage wins

Daniel Teklehaimanot (Orica GreenEdge) will make his 2013 racing debut this weekend at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Eritrean missed the first half of the season due to visa issues but will line up as part of the Australian team's eight-man squad.

"It's very hard to step in from no racing to racing the Dauphiné," said director sportif Matt Wilson. "We're not putting on pressure on Daniel for this race. We'll ease him back into things as much as you can ease anyone back into racing with the Dauphiné. If he can give the other guys a hand, great. If he can try something himself, fantastic. We'll need to see where he’s at during the week."

With no rider for the GC the team will be looking to reignite their season with a stage wins after missing out on a win during last month's Giro d'Italia.

"We're not focused on the overall at all. We have a few riders here that are using the Dauphiné as one last tune-up before the Tour. For someone like Simon Gerrans, the focus is on the final hit out. If he can get up with an opportunity in the process, fantastic, but the pressure isn't really on him for that."

"The other guys are on the team will be attacking each stage," Wilson continued. "There aren't many stages for Michael Matthews, so on the days where it's a projected sprint, we'll put all our eggs in his basket. On other days, any of our riders can look for opportunities."

Orica GreenEdge for the Critérium du Dauphiné: Daniel Teklehaimanot, Fumy Beppu, Michael Matthews, Mitch Docker, Simon Clarke, Simon Gerrans, Travis Meyer and Wesley Sulzberger.

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