The GreenEDGE family has captured 10 of the 12 titles up for grabs at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships during the team’s first two years in existence.
ORICA-AIS secured a clean sweep in its maiden season with Amanda Spratt (road), Shara Gillow (time trial) and Alex Rhodes (criterium). In 2013, Gillow repeated victory in the individual time trial and Gracie Elvin bested a late race break for the road win.
On the men’s side, Durbridge made history last season when he became the first male professional in the modern era to win both the time trial and road race in the same year. Cameron Meyer took a surprise victory in the criterium to give the team all three titles in 2013. The previous year, Simon Gerrans won the road race while Durbridge took his first elite national title in the time trial.
Both squads are hungry for repeat performances and enter the 2014 season with the goal of securing additional green and gold jerseys. In the time trial, Durbridge is on the hunt for his third consecutive title; while Gillow is hoping for a record-breaking fourth win. Both the women’s and men’s squads boast multiple options in the road race and criterium and will support any effort to keep the jersey within the GreenEDGE family.
“We have a strong team here and the goal is to win and for somebody in our team to go to Europe with a national champion jersey again. The good thing about our team is that it doesn’t matter who it is, as long as it is one of us. That’s basically the goal, but it will certainly be tough and there is some really strong competition next year.” – Amanda Spratt
“The road race is our main objective. We want to take the jersey back to Europe, and we definitely have the riders suited to accomplish this goal, especially now that the course is back to only the hard laps of the Mount Buninyong circuit. We have good depth within the team. One of the surprises on the day could be Carlee Taylor. She’s new to our team for 2014, really focused on the road race, and I think we could expect to see a good ride from her. But when it’s all said and done, it doesn’t matter who gets the jersey. If one person wins, we all do” – ORICA-AIS Sport Director Gene Bates.
“The national road championship is an important race, and it’s particularly important for ORICA-GreenEDGE. We’d love to have someone on top of the podium for the third year in a row. It’s a race that the team puts a lot of emphasis on and encourages us to be in good condition for. We’re going there with a really strong group of riders, and we’ve got to use that to our advantage.” – Simon Gerrans
“It means a great deal for Australian cyclists. We really covet the green and gold jersey. I’m quite patriotic, and I really enjoyed the experience of riding the Giro and Paris-Roubaix in the jersey.” – Luke Durbridge
“We’re chasing our third consecutive year to win the double. We’re not hiding our ambitions. We want to win the time trial and the road race. We want to take both jerseys back to Europe with us for our sponsors and our team. As defending champ, Durbo is the man for the time trial. He won a time trial the other day with very good numbers, and we know he’s around the mark. As far as the road race goes, we obviously have a plan, but as long as we get the jersey, we’ll be happy.” – ORICA-GreenEDGE Sport Director Matt White