Team Orica-GreenEdge Reveals Roster for Giro d'Italia 2012

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04/24/2012| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Team Greenedge has announced its Giro d'Italia roster. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team Greenedge has announced its Giro d'Italia roster. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Team Orica-GreenEdge Reveals Roster for Giro d'Italia 2012

Earlier today Australian Team Orica-GreenEdge revealed its roster and ambitions for the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

Earlier today Australian Team Orica-GreenEdge revealed its roster and ambitions for the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

According to Team GreenEdge sports director Matt White, the team's Giro line-up has been built with a focus on stage wins, specifically during the first two weeks of the three week Grand Tour where the GreenEdge team hopes to be able to conquer the maglia rosa leader's jersey.

"We're solely focused on stage wins," White told Roadcycling.com. "We've said that from the beginning. We definitely don't have anyone for the general classification. Most of our riders will have a chance for individual stage wins, and Matt Goss is our leader for the sprints."

The team's eyes are sharply focused on the Giro's team time trial.

"I expect the team to be competitive during the early stages," White added. "We have a strong team for the stage four team time trial in Verona. A dream scenario would be to put Goss in the pink leader's jersey during the first week, either right before or right after the team time trial. There are a few teams with the same goal as us. If we're on the mark very early in Denmark, I'll be happy."

White views Goss' participation in the Giro d'Italia as crucial preparation for the Tour de France in July. White sees the Tour de France as the team's biggest goal of the whole 2012 season.

"The Giro is an important race for Matt Goss," White described. "He's got good form at the Tour of Turkey at the moment, and the idea is that he'll hit the ground running at the Giro. He'll have a lot of chances for stage wins. The time he does in Denmark and Italy will set him up for the Tour de France, which is the biggest goal for both him and the team."

The team has selected Brett Lancaster, Tomas Vaitkus and Jens Keukeleire as the key riders in the team's sprint train, which aims to set up Goss perfectly in the Giro sprints. Unfortunately for the team, it hasn't had much time to practice the lead out process in races this season. Lancaster has been chosen for the Giro roster and lead-out train as a result of Julian Dean's injuries this season and the team is hoping to take advantage of Lancaster's significant experience.

"Brett and Matt are riding together for the first time at the Tour of Turkey. We've had a lot of different things happen with our sprint train already this season. Julian Dean was our main lead-out man for Goss, but he hasn't raced much after a broken shoulder in December, and a broken leg in March has taken him out of racing. Brett has put his hand up to fill Julian's spot and he's the right guy for the job. The stress and competitiveness of this race is huge and that's where Brett comes in."

Vaitkus will fill a similar role to Lancaster.

"We expect Tomas to be part of the lead-out train in both the Giro and the Tour," White commented and added "Because of

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