International Cycling

SA's Impey on Orica-GreenEdge's TDF team

2016-06-27 12:10
Daryl Impey (AFP)

Cape Town - South Africa's Daryl Impey has been named on Orica-GreenEdge's Tour de France team.

According to the Cycling News website, the Australian WorldTour team announced their nine-rider team for this year's Tour de France with the objective of claiming stage wins with Simon Gerrans, Michael Matthews and Adam Yates.

"We have a great degree of flexibility, experience and talent in the team for the Tour. I am happy with the combination of riders and it gives us an exciting mix of options for the three weeks ahead," said sports director Matt White. 

"Our objective is to target stage wins and we will be approaching every day like it's a classic. We have a robust, versatile roster that can cope with the big effort required to compete and win in the Tour de France."

"Simon (Gerrans) has the most experience at the Tour de France for Orica-GreenEdge with stage wins in 2013 and 2008 and we will be looking to him to increase that tally," he said.

"Simon has had great preparation throughout June with stints at altitude and racing at the Dauphine. He performs very well under pressure and has the ability to come up with the goods when the big goals are set."

"For Michael (Matthews) last year’s Tour was somewhat of a disaster, fracturing his ribs on day two," said White.

"Even with these unfortunate problems Michael soldiered on bravely which ultimately gave him valuable experience to show how far he could push certain barriers. He is super motivated to perform well here for the first time on the biggest stage in the world."

"Adam (Yates) will be our guy for the mountains. There is no pressure to compete for the overall, that’s not our objective. One door closes and another opens, there are lots of stages that will suit Adam in this year's race," said White.

"He is only 23 and this is a vital part of Adam’s progression. He is versatile and can go head to head with the best of the climbers and this experience will be important for him."

The 2016 Tour de France starts on July 2 with a 188km stage from to Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach.

Orica-GreenEdge for the Tour de France:

Michael Albasini, Luke Durbridge, Simon Gerrans, Mathew Hayman, Daryl Impey, Chris Juul-Jensen, Michael Matthews,Ruben Plaza, Adam Yates

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