Orica-GreenEdge reveals its 'most exciting' roster for 2016

Australian WorldTour squad Orica-GreenEdge publishes full list of riders for the 2016 season, including key support for stage race hopes Adam Yates, Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves

Simon and Adam Yates stage four of the 2015 Tour de France
(Image credit: Watson)

Orica-GreenEdge has hailed its line-up of riders for the 2016 season as its 'most exciting' yet, including seven new signings to the Australian WorldTour team.

In the past four seasons since the team's arrival, the outfit has established itself as a major player in one-day racing and stage race wins but has previously lacked an overall Grand Tour contender.

That is set to change, with the squad drafting in riders to support rapidly emerging stage race talents Adam and Simon Yates from Britain, and Colombian Esteban Chaves.

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“One of the main reasons for the number of changes for next year is an expansion in the team’s objectives after some breakthrough performances in 2015,” sports director Matt White said.

“With riders like Chaves and the Yates boys really putting themselves on the world stage, it was time we supported them with further assistance in the mountains."

Esteban Chaves takes stage two of the Vuelta a España (Watson)

Esteban Chaves takes stage two of the Vuelta a España (Photo: Graham Watson)

Spaniards Ruben Plaza and Amets Txurruka, Dane Chris Juul-Jensen, and young Australians Jack Haig and Robert Power will provide climbing support for Orica's GC men.

The squad has retained many of its key riders for sprints and classics, including Australians Simon Gerrans, Caleb Ewan and Michael Matthews, as well as the experienced hands of Mat Hayman, Canadian Svein Tuft and Swiss rider Michael Albasini. Slovenian Luka Mezgec joins from Giant-Alpecin to help out in the sprints.

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“The line-up is our most exciting to date and it shows a team that really has it all – from the most significant talent in the sport to seasoned winners," said team owner Gerry Ryan.

“With our Australian DNA and one of the most international rosters in the world, we have a team that can be there in every type of race from the Australian summer to the great European Classics and the prestigious Grand Tours."

Calen Ewan wins stage five of the 2015 Tour of Spain

Calen Ewan wins stage five of the 2015 Vuelta a España (Photo: Graham Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Of its 25 riders, 11 are Australian with other riders from Canada, Denmark, Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, Colombia, New Zealand, South Africa, Slovenia and Switzerland.

The squad kicks off its season on January 1, at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in Australia, followed soon after by the opening WorldTour event of the 2016 season - the Tour Down Under.

Orica-GreenEdge 2016 roster

Michael Albasini (SUI, 34) – renewal

Sam Bewley (NZL, 28) – renewal

Esteban Chaves (COL, 25) – renewal

Magnus Cort (DEN, 22) – existing contract

Mitch Docker (AUS, 29) – renewal

Luke Durbridge (AUS, 24) – existing contract

Alexander Edmondson (AUS, 21) – existing contract

Caleb Ewan (AUS, 21) – existing contract

Simon Gerrans (AUS, 35) – existing contract

Jack Haig (AUS, 22) – new signing

Mathew Hayman (AUS, 37) – renewal

Michael Hepburn (AUS, 24) – renewal

Damien Howson (AUS, 23) – renewal

Daryl Impey (RSA, 30) – existing contract

Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 26) – new signing

Jens Keukeleire (BEL, 26) – renewal

Michael Matthews (AUS, 25) – existing contract

Christian Meier (CAN, 30) – renewal

Luka Mezgec (SLO, 27) – new signing

Ruben Plaza (ESP, 35) – new signing

Robert Power (AUS, 20) – new signing

Svein Tuft (CAN, 38) – renewal

Amets Txurruka (ESP, 32) – new signing

Adam Yates (GBR, 23) – existing contract

Simon Yates (GBR, 23) – existing contract

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