Orica-GreenEdge are rocking the boat in the sprints at the Giro d’Italia and planning more of the same for the Tour de France.
“Training plans? I can’t tell you,” Orica sports director, Matt White told Cycling Weekly. “We have our secrets, the others have theirs.”
The majority of Orica’s sprint train from the Giro will race the Tour of Slovenia, June 14 to 17, ahead of the Tour de France. In the stage race, it’ll practice the run that it hopes will give the team its first Tour de France stage win.
This season the team debuted as GreenEdge. Simon Gerrans won the Tour Down Under and Milan-San Remo; Matt Goss led the team to the Tirreno-Adriatico time trial and its first stage in the Giro d’Italia. Along the way, it also announced new title sponsor, Orica.
It’s all been going perfectly, except for in the sprints. The team with Goss won in Horsens while its rivals suffered in crashes behind. Goss then crashed in stage nine to Frosinone. Yesterday in Cervere was Goss’ last chance to win before heading home.
Orica surged head of the Sky lead-out train in the last kilometres. In the final 700 metres, Daryl Impey shot ahead with Brett Lancaster and Goss in tow. It seemed to be enough, but wasn’t. Goss faded and Mark Cavendish shot through to win for Sky.
“Both teams have similar roles to play. We are just trying to out-fox each other,” Daryl Impey told Cycling Weekly. “They’re a well-drilled squad, and we’re getting there. Lots of things to improve on… I think if everyone’s at 100 per cent at the end of the day, we can’t be upset with that. I think everyone did a great job for Gossy.”
Impey will likely form part of Orica’s Tour team that includes Goss, Simon Gerrans, Stuart O’Grady and Sebastian Langeveld. Goss left the race overnight to prepare for July.
“We would’ve liked another stage win,” White continued. “We had stage three and we’ve been close in every sprint we’ve done. This is the first time these guys have worked together, so, come July, we add more beef into the train with O’Grady and Langeveld… It’s going to be a very formidable train.”
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Stage 12: Bak attacks to win
Stage 11: Ferrari wins Giro stage on ride to redemption
Stage 10: Rodriguez wins thrilling finale to take lead
Stage nine: Ventoso wins in Frosinone as Goss and Cavendish fall
Stage eight: Pozzovivo takes another Giro win
Stage seven: Hesjedal moves into Giro lead
Stage six: Rubiano solos to epic Giro stage win
Stage five: Cavendish bounces back for another stage win
Stage four: Garmin-Barracuda win TTT to take lead
Stage three: Goss wins in Horsens as Cavendish and Phinney crash
Stage two: Cavendish wins in Herning
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