As has been seen in the team’s Tour de France appearances to date, ORICA-GreenEDGE set off for their fourth start of the world’s toughest cycling race with high hopes of stage success.
The Australian outfit, for the first time, boasted opportunists for all three weeks of the Grand Tour – largely thanks to the inclusion of British climbers Adam and Simon Yates.
On track for the first two days, stage three took a turn for the worst for many teams, but none more than ORICA-GreenEDGE. A brutal and large-scale high-speed pile up saw much of the peloton hit the ground.
Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey were victims of injuries that left them out of the race, whilst another crash to Michael Albasini saw him withdraw only 48hours later.
The remaining six riders, despite numerous injuries and health setbacks, fought on bravely.
By the close of the 2015 Tour de France, ORICA-GreenEDGE finished with seven top-ten stage results, including five to the Yates brothers.
It was not the stage win on the target list, but regardless, sport director Matt White said there were plenty of positives to take out of the Tour.
“It was certainly not what we planned,” White said. “If you take three key guys out of any roster that early in the Tour, it’s nothing short of a disaster so for the guys to soldier on and keep trying and giving everything they could, it’s been pleasing.”
|1||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||84:46:14|
|2||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||0:01:12|
|3||Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:05:25|
|4||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:08:36|
|5||Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff-Saxo||0:09:48|
|6||Robert Gesink (NED) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo||0:10:47|
|7||Bauke Mollema (NED) - Trek Factory Racing||0:15:14|
|8||Mathias Frank (SWI) - IAM Cycling||0:15:39|
|9||Romain Bardet (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:16:00|
|10||Pierre Rolland (FRA) - Team Europcar||0:17:30|
|47||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||2:16:36|
|84||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||3:16:04|
|138||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||4:14:59|
|145||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||4:25:03|
|146||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||4:26:33|
|153||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||4:48:08|