Baden Cooke will return to the Tour Down Under in January as leader of the UniSA-Australia team. He fronts a squad that boasts a combination of youth and experience that should bear fruit in Australia's only ProTour event starting Jaunary 20.
And while the 2003 Tour de France sprint classification winner comes into the event with stage wins to his name, one of his teammates, Jack Bobridge, will be making his Down Under debut.
It caps an exciting year for the young South Australian, who rode at the Beijing Olympics and has won a host of new fans for his exploits in 2008. He'll be joined by Aaron Kemps and Scott Davis, both of whom bring more ProTour experience to the team managed by Victorian Dave Sanders.
The squad is rounded out by Travis Meyer, Simon Clarke and a yet-to-be-confirmed rider, selected after the Australian Open Road Championships in early January.
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