Team Orica-GreenEdge Reveals Roster for Giro d'Italia 2012
Earlier today Australian Team Orica-GreenEdge revealed its roster and ambitions for the 2012 Giro d'Italia.
how the season has panned out, he hasn't had the opportunity to race with Goss in the sprints other than at Tirreno. We're looking at seven chances to refine the sprint at the Giro, so Tomas will be critical."
White has made the risky move of selecting Grand Tour newcomer Keukeleire to be part of the sprint train which is so crucial to Goss' success in the sprints. White hopes the experience will help further Keukeleire's development as a sprinter in his own right.
"Keukeleire will learn a lot from the sprint stages in the first two weeks," White believes. "He's a good sprinter himself and to be part of a world class sprint team will benefit him. The strength he gains from his first Grand Tour will carry into the summer, and I expect he'll be a new man come late summer and autumn this year."
Team GreenEdge has picked Svein Tuft and Jack Bobridge for the task of looking after and protecting Goss as well as setting the pace in the team time trial, while using the Grand Tour as an important part of their preparation for this year's London Olympics.
"Svein has had solid form since February. He's a rider I can count on to line up and get the work done. The team time trial is a huge goal, and Svein is critical in our success in this discipline."
Commenting on Bobridge's participation White told Roadcycling.com "The Giro will be Jack's first road race since the Nationals. He'll start a little bit behind as he finds his road legs after the Track Worlds. Luckily, Jack adapts quickly. He's a hard guy and he'll be very useful in catching break-aways."
Fumiyuki Beppu, Christian Meier and Daryl Impey fill in the remaining space in the team roster and have been chosen for their reliability and durability in long races.
"I have worked with Christian for a couple of years now, and you know what you get with him. He's a solid teammate that completely dedicates himself to the team goals. He's done the Vuelta a Espana in the past, but this is his first Giro d'Italia. I'm sure he'll have plenty of chances to show us his strengths."
Unlike Meier, Beppu is no stranger to the Giro. White will look to the Japanese all-rounder to help Goss in the sprints as he prepares for the London Olympics.
"Beppu has specialized in the cobbled classics previously, and this year, we've seen him at the more hilly races like the Ardennes. He'll use the Giro as a platform to prepare for the Olympics while he looks after Goss and takes his own chances," White commented.
According to White, Daryl Impey, the second Grand Tour newcomer in the team's nine-man Giro roster, earned a spot at the Giro due to his standout performances this year.
"Daryl has had a great season so far with his first WorldTour win," White explained. "He's been absolutely super for the team in every race he has done this season. I'm looking forward to giving him opportunities at