ORICA-GreenEDGE has named its nine man squad for the Giro d’Italia. The selected riders will target specific stages of the first Grand Tour of the season. The team has a two-pronged attack in mind during their three weeks in Italy – furthering the development of the team as a whole and working towards the Tour de France.

The nine riders are:

Brett Lancaster
Christian Meier
Jens Keukeleire
Jens Mouris
Leigh Howard
Luke DurbridgeMatt Goss
Pieter Weening
Svein Tuft.

“At every race we try to cover our bases. Sometimes the team is chosen because of the team time trial or overall goals,” explained Sport Director Neil Stephens. “Sometimes we chose the opportunists who know how to go after a crafty stage win.”

The line-up for this Giro will bring a well-rounded mix of talent to Italy. There is an even spread of riders in the back pocket for each of the team’s goals: riders in development, riders for the sprints and riders who are capable of going the distance in a break.

“Above everything, we’ll work hard on the lead out train for the sprinters,” explained Sport Director Neil Stephens. “Also, of second importance, is allowing the opportunist to go in breaks in the second half of the Giro. We hope the consequence of meeting these goals means marking off stage wins in the record books.”