Stuart O’Grady gets 16th Tour de France start as Orica-GreenEdge makes Tour de France debut

Australian Stuart O’Grady, who will compete for the 16th time, and sprinter Matt Goss will spearhead the Orica-GreenEdge squad seeking stages wins but not focusing on the general classification in the squad’s Tour de France debut.

O’Grady, 38, a three-time Tour de France stage winner and twice the leader of the race for several days (2001, 1998), will be the team’s road captain. He’s finished the TdF 13 times.

Goss, 25, a two-time Tour of Italy stage winner, will be the protected sprinter and will be vying for his first Tour de France stage win.

In addition to O’Grady, Goss will be aided by Baden Cooke, Brett Lancaster, Daryl Impey, Michael Albasini, Pieter Weening, Sebastian Langeveld and Simon Gerrans.

Albasini, an 11-year pro, has three stage wins (two at Volta a Catalunya and one in Tour de Suisse) this season.

“We’re really proud to make our debut in the biggest race in the world with an Australian team,” said General Manager Shayne Bannan. “We’re obviously humble, as this is our first Tour de France, but we all have a good feeling of confidence about our chances to make our mark in the race.”

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