Luke Durbridge recovered from what he called a “disappointing time trial” on Friday to win the road race at the Oceania Championships in Toowoomba on Sunday. Durbridge beat fellow statesman Robert Power (WIS) to the line in a two-up sprint to claim the elite title as Power took out the Under 23 title.
Traditionally a race for the sprinters or opportunists, the inclusion of additional climbs in 2014 is set to make this the toughest edition of the Santos Tour Down Under yet. Sport Director Matt White gives us a stage-by-stage look at the race.
Luke Durbridge nabbed his first win of the 2014 season, and the second for his ORICA-GreenEDGE team on day three of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong. Durbridge sprinted to victory ahead of Pat Shaw (Satalyst), after their two-man move emerged from an early break and to held off the field into the final.
Matt Goss stormed to his first victory of the 2014 season, taking out stage two of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic. On just the second day of racing for the 2014 season, ORICA-GreenEDGE set up their leader for the win with a textbook lead-out. Goss capitalised on that hard work, taking victory ahead of Caleb Ewan (Subaru NSWIS) and Leigh Howard.
Join us on December 1 at The Mitchelton Winery for a memorable ride alongside the entire ORICA-GreenEDGE men’s team and select riders from the ORICA-AIS women’s team. No other WorldTour team offers you an opportunity to ride and mingle with its stars in a setting quite like this.
Svein Tuft has inked a new two year deal with ORICA-GreenEDGE. The eight-time Canadian National Time Trial Champion has proven to be one of the strongest workhorses in the professional peloton. Tuft has been a part of each of the Australian outfits wins in the team time trial over the last two seasons.
Brett Lancaster has re-signed with ORICA-GreenEDGE following a consistent two year tenure with the Australian squad. A gold medal winner in team pursuit at both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, Lancaster plays a critical role in the team time trial and the sprints. He also actively mentors his younger, less experienced teammates.
ORICA-GreenEDGE is excited to announce that Leigh Howard will continue to call the Australian-based squad his home for another two years. Howard is a former multi-discipline track World Champion who took his sprinting skills to the professional level on the road four years ago. In his two years riding with ORICA-GreenEDGE, Howard has found success, stability and comfort amongst his comrades.
ORICA-GreenEDGE is pleased to confirm that Mitch Docker has re-signed with the Australian outfit for another two seasons. Docker made the jump to the WorldTour after a breakout Spring Classics campaign with Skil-Shimano in 2011. In his two year tenure with the Australian team, Docker has honed his skills in the lead-out train and continued his focus on the cobbled classics.
Swedish sports brand Craft proudly joins forces with professional cycling team ORICA-GreenEDGE. The highly competitive Australian outfit will train, race and kick back in Craft clothes during the next three years. The collaboration includes both the men’s and women’s teams.
ORICA-GreenEDGE is thrilled to announce the signing of Caleb Ewan. Widely regarded as the biggest talent in the U23 ranks, Ewan will step up to the WorldTour via Jayco-AIS in October 2014. Prior to the start of his neo-pro contract, Ewan is on pre-contract with the Australian outfit. The team has secured his services as a stagiaire beginning next August.
Colombian climber Esteban Chaves will join ORICA-GreenEDGE on a two-year contract that begins next season. The 23-year-old is the sixth newcomer announced for the Australian outfit’s third season.
Following a training camp in Girona, Spain, ORICA-GreenEDGE has selected its six man line-up for the team time trial at the Road World Championships in Florence, Italy on Sunday. Three of the six men were part of the Australian outfit’s Tour de France winning ride in Nice last July.
Michael Matthews added a second Grand Tour stage win to his palmarès in Madrid. With strong support from his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates, the 22-year-old sprinted to victory on the last stage of the Vuelta a España, outkicking Tyler Farrar (Garmin Sharp) and Nikias Arndt (Argos-Shimano) to the line. In his first Grand Tour, Matthews won two stages, spent two days in the green points jersey and earned the combativity award on the final day of racing.
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ORICA-GreenEDGE is pleased to announce that Pieter Weening has extended his contract through 2015. The Dutchman joined the Australian outfit in its maiden year after spending the first 12 years of his career with Rabobank. Weening brought with him a wealth of experience and results, which include stage wins at both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.
Having introduced you to our Vuelta a España roster last week, we’re now ready to review with you what’s in store for our nine riders over their three weeks in Spain. We’ve clearly stated our intention of chasing stage wins, and we believe that our line-up offers us a variety of opportunities to achieve this goal.
ORICA-GreenEDGE is pleased to welcome a Classics specialist and well respected domestique, Mathew Hayman, to the team in 2014. Hayman has inked a two year contract with the Australian outfit after having spent the last four years with Team Sky.
Sam Bewley and Michael Hepburn Re-Sign With ORICA-GreenEDGE
Two products of the Cycling Australia (CA) coaching development program will take on new roles within the GreenEDGE organisation next year. Sport Director Dave McPartland, who has directed the women’s team since its inception, will move into a sport director position in the men’s program. Gene Bates, the head cycling coach at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, will take over McPartland’s former position with ORICA-AIS.