Cards to Play at Vattenfall CyclassicsWed 21 Aug 2013
ORICA-GreenEDGE will be sending a strong and versatile squad to Hamburg to contest the Vattenfall Cyclassics. The 250km one day race carries much prestige in Germany as it is currently the country’s only race to hold World Tour status.
Looking at the paper profile, it’s easy to deduce that this course was designed with sprinters in mind, however, the aggressive style of racing typical of Vattenfall leaves the race open to a number of scenarios at the finish.
Race director Roland Hofer said: “Although the race profile may appear more suitable for the sprinters, it can ultimately be won by all types of great rider, and it’s exactly this kind of race that’s needed for a well-balanced World Tour.”
ORICA-GreenEDGE hopes to see a reduced bunch at the finish; however, the team will arrive in Hamburg with riders who can vie for a win in a variety of situations.
“We are going with a solid team and different guys who will be good in different types of finish,” said Sport Director Laurenzo Lapage. “[Matt] Goss and Daryl [Impey] will be our guys for a bunch sprint. Jens [Keukeleire], Sebastian [Langeveld] and Alba [Michael Albasini] will look for their opportunities in a break.”
Fresh off the Eneco Tour with solid results, the ORICA-GreenEDGE squad will be in hot pursuit of another big result at Vattenfall.
“Each World Tour event is a big goal,” sad Lapage. “With what we saw in Eneco, we have to believe we can do great here, too.”
ORICA-GreenEDGE for Vattenfall Cyclassics: