Gerrans to lead ORICA-GreenEDGE in HamburgWed 20 Aug 2014
Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Simon Gerrans will lead ORICA-GreenEDGE at the Vattenfall Cyclassics this Sunday in Hamburg.
The Australian champion will be supported by a strong lineup, including five of his 2014 Tour de France teammates.
The eight riders for the Vattenfall Cyclassics are: Jens Keukeleire, Luke Durbridge, Mathew Hayman, Matthew Goss, Michael Albasini, Simon Gerrans, Simon Yates and Svein Tuft.
Sport director Matt White said he expects the race to produce a sprint finish, the group size dependent on the elements.
“Gerro (Gerrans) will be the guy we will look to in the sprint,” White said.
“Traditionally this race evolves into a sprint for the victory, the weather conditions tending to determine the size of the group.
“Sometimes we have had a group as small as 25 riders contest the sprint and in some years we have had maybe more than 100.
Reluctant to take the risk, ORICA-GreenEDGE will work to be part of any action up the road in the event that the race doesn’t come back together.
“We have the likes of Albasini, Yates and Keukeleire who are the guys we would be looking to have in the moves,” White said.
“Usually there is always a breakaway on the circuit and it always gets reeled in just in time.
“But the plan for us is to be present in those breakaways because maybe this is the year that it doesn’t get reeled, you can never tell.”
ORICA-GreenEDGE at the Vattenfall Cyclassics: