2012 Orica–GreenEDGE season

2012 Orica–GreenEDGE season
Manager Shayne Bannan
One-day victories 3
Stage race overall victories 4
Stage race stage victories 18
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The 2012 season for the Orica–GreenEDGE cycling team began in January at the Bay Classic Series. As a UCI ProTeam, they were automatically invited and obligated to send a squad to every event in the UCI World Tour.

The team formed for the 2012 season as part of a scheme to promote cycling talent in Australia, and not come into such difficulties suffered by another Australian team – Pegasus Sports – which folded without contesting a race due to sponsorship issues.[1] Much of the team's ridership is Australian, almost entirely anglophone, and the team competes under an Australian licence; as such, becoming the first Australian team to be part of the top-tier of professional cycling.[2] Its manager is Shayne Bannan, the former Performance Director of Cycling Australia, while team's senior Director Sportif is ex-professional road cyclist Matt White, who had a similar role at Garmin–Cervélo before being sacked.

Known simply as GreenEDGE for the first four months of 2012, the team acquired Orica as a title sponsor shortly before the Giro d'Italia.[3]

2012 rosterEdit

Ages as of 1 January 2012.[4]

Rider Date of birth
  Michael Albasini (SUI) (1980-12-20)20 December 1980 (aged 31)
  Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN) (1983-04-10)10 April 1983 (aged 28)
  Sam Bewley[N 1] (NZL) (1987-07-22)22 July 1987 (aged 24)
  Jack Bobridge (AUS) (1989-07-13)13 July 1989 (aged 22)
  Simon Clarke (AUS) (1986-07-18)18 July 1986 (aged 25)
  Baden Cooke (AUS) (1978-10-12)12 October 1978 (aged 33)
  Allan Davis (AUS) (1980-07-27)27 July 1980 (aged 31)
  Julian Dean (NZ) (1975-01-28)28 January 1975 (aged 36)
  Mitchell Docker (AUS) (1986-10-02)2 October 1986 (aged 25)
  Luke Durbridge (AUS) (1991-04-09)9 April 1991 (aged 20)
  Simon Gerrans (AUS) (1980-05-16)16 May 1980 (aged 31)
  Matthew Goss (AUS) (1986-11-05)5 November 1986 (aged 25)
  Michael Hepburn (AUS) (1991-08-17)17 August 1991 (aged 20)
  Leigh Howard (AUS) (1989-10-18)18 October 1989 (aged 22)
  Daryl Impey (RSA) (1984-12-06)6 December 1984 (aged 27)
  Jens Keukeleire (BEL) (1988-11-23)23 November 1988 (aged 23)
Rider Date of birth
  Aidis Kruopis (LIT) (1986-10-26)26 October 1986 (aged 25)
  Brett Lancaster (AUS) (1979-11-15)15 November 1979 (aged 32)
  Sebastian Langeveld (NED) (1985-01-17)17 January 1985 (aged 26)
  Robbie McEwen[N 2] (AUS) (1972-06-24)24 June 1972 (aged 39)
  Christian Meier (CAN) (1985-09-02)2 September 1985 (aged 26)
  Cameron Meyer (AUS) (1988-01-11)11 January 1988 (aged 23)
  Travis Meyer (AUS) (1989-06-08)8 June 1989 (aged 22)
  Jens Mouris (NED) (1980-03-12)12 March 1980 (aged 31)
  Stuart O'Grady (AUS) (1973-08-06)6 August 1973 (aged 38)
  Wesley Sulzberger (AUS) (1986-10-26)26 October 1986 (aged 25)
  Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI) (1988-11-10)10 November 1988 (aged 23)
  Svein Tuft (CAN) (1977-05-19)19 May 1977 (aged 34)
  Tomas Vaitkus (LTU) (1982-02-04)4 February 1982 (aged 29)
  Pieter Weening (NED) (1981-04-05)5 April 1981 (aged 30)
  Matt Wilson (AUS) (1977-10-01)1 October 1977 (aged 34)

Riders' 2011 teamsEdit

One-day racesEdit

The week after the Bay Classic Series,[33] the team swept the Australian national championships in Buninyong, Victoria, as Gerrans – one of 16 GreenEDGE riders in the race – won the road race title,[34] and Durbridge won the time trial title ahead of team-mate Cameron Meyer.[35]

Stage racesEdit

The team made its debut on New Year's Day, in the Bay Classic Series in Victoria, Australia. Davis won the men's classification racing for GreenEDGE's second team in the race, Mitchelton Wines/Lowe Farms.[36]

In January, Gerrans won the Tour Down Under, giving the team an overall victory in its first World Tour event.[37]

Season victoriesEdit

Date Race Competition Rider Country Location
22 January Tour Down Under, Overall UCI World Tour   Simon Gerrans (AUS)   Australia
7 March Tirreno–Adriatico, Stage 1 UCI World Tour Team time trial[N 3]   Italy Donoratico
17 March Milan–San Remo UCI World Tour   Simon Gerrans (AUS)   Italy Sanremo
19 March Volta a Catalunya, Stage 1 UCI World Tour   Michael Albasini (SUI)   Spain Calella
20 March Volta a Catalunya, Stage 2 UCI World Tour   Michael Albasini (SUI)   Spain Girona
25 March Volta a Catalunya, Overall UCI World Tour   Michael Albasini (SUI)   Spain
3 April Tour of the Basque Country, Stage 2 UCI World Tour   Daryl Impey (RSA)   Spain Vitoria-Gasteiz
4 April Circuit de la Sarthe, Stage 3 UCI Europe Tour   Luke Durbridge (AUS)   France Angers
6 April Circuit de la Sarthe, Overall UCI Europe Tour   Luke Durbridge (AUS)   France
6 April Circuit de la Sarthe, Young rider classification UCI Europe Tour   Luke Durbridge (AUS)   France
29 April Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Points classification UCI Europe Tour   Matthew Goss (AUS)   Turkey
7 May Giro d'Italia, Stage 3 UCI World Tour   Matthew Goss (AUS)   Denmark Horsens
18 May Glava Tour of Norway, Stage 3 UCI Europe Tour   Aidis Kruopis (LIT)   Norway Elverum
3 June Critérium du Dauphiné, Prologue UCI World Tour   Luke Durbridge (AUS)   France Grenoble
15 June Tour of Slovenia, Stage 2 UCI Europe Tour   Daryl Impey (RSA)   Slovenia Metlika
16 June Tour de Suisse, Stage 8 UCI World Tour   Michael Albasini (SUI)    Switzerland Arosa
13 July Tour de Pologne, Stage 4 UCI World Tour   Aidis Kruopis (LIT)   Poland Katowice
7 August Eneco Tour, Stage 2 UCI World Tour Team time trial[N 4]   Netherlands Sittard
11 August Eneco Tour, Stage 6 UCI World Tour   Svein Tuft (CAN)   Belgium Ardooie
21 August Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Stage 1 UCI Europe Tour   Aidis Kruopis (LTU)   France Royan
21 August Vuelta a España, Stage 4 UCI World Tour   Simon Clarke (AUS)   Spain Valdezcaray
22 August Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Stage 2 UCI Europe Tour   Aidis Kruopis (LTU)   France Melle
23 August Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Stage 4 UCI Europe Tour   Luke Durbridge (AUS)   France La Roche-Posay
24 August Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Overall UCI Europe Tour   Luke Durbridge (AUS)   France
24 August Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Points classification UCI Europe Tour   Aidis Kruopis (LTU)   France
24 August Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Young rider classification UCI Europe Tour   Luke Durbridge (AUS)   France
7 September Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec UCI World Tour   Simon Gerrans (AUS)   Canada Quebec City
9 September Vuelta a España, Mountains classification UCI World Tour   Simon Clarke (AUS)   Spain
10 September Tour of Britain, Stage 2 UCI Europe Tour   Leigh Howard (AUS)   Great Britain Knowsley Safari Park
30 September Duo Normand UCI Europe Tour   Luke Durbridge (AUS)
  Svein Tuft (CAN)
  France Marigny

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Bewley joined the team on 22 May.[5]
  2. ^ McEwen retired from the competitive aspect of the sport on 20 May, at the conclusion of the Tour of California, and became a technical advisor for this team.[6]
  3. ^ The riders on the squad were Matthew Goss, Stuart O'Grady, Sebastian Langeveld, Jens Mouris, Baden Cooke, Tomas Vaitkus, Svein Tuft, and Cameron Meyer
  4. ^ The riders on the squad were Sebastian Langeveld, Leigh Howard, Jens Keukeleire, Aidis Kruopis, Luke Durbridge, Jens Mouris, Svein Tuft, and Fumiyuki Beppu

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