ORICA-GreenEDGE to make their debut at the Å koda Tour De Luxembourg

Mon 30 May 2016

ORICA-GreenEDGE will send a mixed team to the Škoda Tour De Luxembourg when they make their debut at the UCI race this week.

The fast and relatively young team will be searching for stage victories under the guidance of experienced 38-year-old Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman.

"Predominantly we will be targeting stage wins with Caleb Ewan," explained sport director Matt Wilson. "He gained a lot of valuable experience recently racing at the Giro d'Italia and we've got a really strong group of guys heading to Luxembourg to support him." 

"As far as the general classification goes we have Danish rider Chris Juul-Jensen. I think he can go pretty well here, it will all depend on how hard the climbs are in this area."

The team has a diverse line up for the five-day tour with fellow Dane Magnus Cort, known for his skill and speed joining the team along with the latest addition to ORICA-GreenEDGE outfit for 2016, the rider from Hong Kong, Cheung King-Lok.

Australian powerhouse Luke Durbridge boosts the Australian outfit and is looking forward to his debut of the Tour.

"It's going to be an exciting race," Durbridge explained. "It's the first time in five years that the team has raced the Tour of Luxembourg and we have a good mix of guys returning to racing after a big classics stint."

"We will look to be aggressive and to tune the form leading into the Tour de Swiss and for some of the riders, the Tour de France.

"We have a really good lead out train with a balance of youth and experience, and it is great to have Hayman to help guide the younger team."

Track star Alex Edmondson rounds up the seven-man squad and with his expertise in the four kilometre team pursuit event, the short sharp opening prologue provides an ideal distance for the young Australian to shine.

ORICA-GreenEDGE riders in the Tour de Luxembourg (1-5th June):

Magnus Cort (DEN, 22)
Luke Durbridge (AUS, WA, 24) 
Alexander Edmondson (AUS, SA, 21)
Caleb Ewan (AUS, NSW, 21) 
Mathew Hayman (AUS, NSW, 38)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 26)
Cheung King-Lok (HK, 25)

Tour de Luxembourg stages: 

Wed, 1st June: Prologue 2.8 km
Thurs, 2nd June: Stage 1, Luxembourg - Hesperange 170,6 km
Fri, 3rd June: Stage 2, Rosport - Schifflange 162,8 km
Sat, 4th June: Stage 3, Eschweiler – Differdange 177,4 km
Sun, 5th June: Stage 4, Mersch – Luxembourg 178,2 km