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Orica-GreenEdge confirmed for Tour of Alberta

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Yellow jersey Simon Gerrans and his Orica GreenEdge teammates on the podium

Yellow jersey Simon Gerrans and his Orica GreenEdge teammates on the podium
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The Orica GreenEdge squad roll it in after a tough opening stage in Naples

The Orica GreenEdge squad roll it in after a tough opening stage in Naples
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Svein Tuft heads up the Orica-GreenEdge assault on the Tour's team time trial

Svein Tuft heads up the Orica-GreenEdge assault on the Tour's team time trial
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Organisers of the inaugural Tour of Alberta announced today that current Tour de France leaders Orica-GreenEdge will take part in the race, set for September 3-8, 2013.

"We're extremely happy to announce Orica-GreenEdge's participation in Canada's biggest and most important stage race on a day that has been historic for them and their country," Duane Vinneau, the Tour of Alberta's executive director, said. "As one of the top teams in the world, we congratulate them on their great accomplishment and look forward to seeing them in Alberta this September."

Orica-GreenEdge will join fellow WorldTour teams Belkin, BMC Racing, Garmin-Sharp, Cannondale and Argos-Shimano, and is expected to bring time trial powerhouse Svein Tuft, who is currently with the team racing his first Tour de France.

Also on the roster are Champion System, Equipe Garneau-Quebecor, SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis and Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.

The remainder of the 15 teams will be announced later.