In January 2012 Greenedge made their pro cycling world debut, from there it didn’t take long before they had taken centre stage. By the end of January they had already claimed their first UCI Pro Tour win when Simon Gerrans stole the podium at the Tour Down Under and again at Milan-San Remo. Orica Greenedge is able to look back on their first season as a UCI Pro Cycling Team and smile, and with the vast amount of talent within the team 2013 could be even better.
With the Bay Crits out of the way and fresh from an outstanding performance at the National Championships, Orica Greenedge is ready to dominate the Tour Down Under. As last year’s winners they want to defend their jersey but many have questioned whether the decision to leave out Cameron Meyer and Michael Matthews from the squad may hinder their chances.
Tour Down Under previous winner Simon Gerrans will lead the pack on route to winning another Aussie tour. This Australian all-rounder and former National champion had a good start to his season in 2012 and hopes to begin 2013 with the same form.
Sprinter Matthew Goss joins the ranks with the hopes of a few stage wins. Although the beginning of his 2012 season was hampered with illness but mid-year he came round, clenching a victory at the Giro d’Italia and earning the Australian team their first Grand Tour win.
Generally known as a time trialist, Luke Durbridge proved he is not only good at individual events when he won both the Road and Time Trial National Championships at the start of the year. With eight wins in 2012, Luke is bursting with confidence, and who could blame him, he has already won his first stage of 2013 at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic: Portarlington Criterium.
Greenedge may be serious about winning but they also know when to put down the bikes and enjoy life. With training possible all year round they are quickly becoming a team that remain on top for the entire season, and their ability to know when not to take life so seriously has earned them the respect of both fans and riders alike. Who knows, there may be a grand tour winner amongst them, or alternatively the next YouTube success of 2013.
Simon Gerrans (AUS)
Luke Durnbridge (AUS)
Daryl Impey (RSA)
Matthew Goss (AUS)
Simon Clarke (AUS)
Jens Mouris (NED)
Stuart O’Grady (AUS)