A mix of youth and experience for ORICA-GreenEDGE at Paris-Roubaix

Thu 7 Apr 2016

ORICA-GreenEDGE will line up at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday with a young team looking to give a good account of themselves at the historic cobbled classic.

Belgian Jens Keukeleire finished in sixth place in last year's race, entering the iconic Roubaix velodrome with the front group to finish behind winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). First held in 1896, the ‘Queen of the Classics’ is the second oldest bike race in the world and will celebrate its 114th edition this Sunday.

Sport director Laurenzo Lapage is pleased to have road captain Mathew Hayman back from injury in time for a race as important as Paris-Roubaix.

“It’s great to have Mathew (Hayman) back for this race,” said Lapage. “His experience will be an important factor for the young squad we have here. He is our captain on the road and a veteran of the Spring Classics.”

“After his strong performance last year at Roubaix, Jens (Keukeleire) will be our protected rider and the whole team is super motivated to do a good job and push for the result.”

Paris-Roubaix is the third monument of the season and forms part of the series of races known as the ‘Spring Classics’.

After a month of gritty racing in Belgium ORICA-GreenEDGE head to Northeastern France with Sam Bewley, Luke Durbridge, Svein Tuft, Mitch Docker, Magnus Cort and Luka Mezgec completing the line up.

The squad has strength in depth and more than one option for the finale. Durbridge and Mezgec are both coming into the race after some solid performances in the last few races.

“We have prepared ourselves really well,” continued Lapage. “We had a full day on Wednesday on the race recon and we all agree with our plan for Sunday and our objectives are definitely achievable.”

“The squad is in good condition after spending the last few weeks racing together in Belgium, we have been lucky to come through those races without any issues. Lets hope that’s a good sign for Sunday.”

Paris-Roubaix takes place on Sunday the 10th of April and will cover a route of 257.5kilometres including 25 cobbled sectors with the famous Forest of Arenberg that will be tackled towards the finish.

ORICA-GreenEDGE at Paris-Roubaix (Sunday 10th April):

Sam Bewley (NZ, 28)
Magnus Cort (DEN, 22)
Mitch Docker (AUS, VIC, 29)
Luke Durbridge (AUS, WA, 24)
Mathew Hayman (AUS, NSW, 37)
Jens Keukeleire (BEL, 27)
Luka Mezgec (SLO, 27)
Svein Tuft (CAN, 38)