Team GreenEdge Reveals Roster for 2012 Vuelta a Espana

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08/14/2012| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
Team GreenEdge is ready to fight for stage wins in the Vuelta a Espana 2012. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team GreenEdge is ready to fight for stage wins in the Vuelta a Espana 2012. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Team GreenEdge Reveals Roster for 2012 Vuelta a Espana

Team GreenEdge has revealed its nine-man line-up for the 2012 Vuelta a Espana, which begins with a team time trial on Saturday, August 18.

 

Team GreenEdge has revealed its nine-man line-up for the 2012 Vuelta a Espana, which begins with a team time trial on Saturday, August 18.

According to a team spokesman, the team's roster has been built with a focus on stage victories and an emphasis on young rider development in an attempt to further mature its young riders before the 2013 season.

The nine riders included in the Australian GreenEdge team's Vuelta roster are: Allan Davis, Cameron Meyer, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Julian Dean, Mitch Docker, Pieter Weening, Simon Clarke, Travis Meyer and Wesley Suzlberger. Christian Meier has been selected as first reserve.

According to Team GreenEdge sports director Neil Stephens it was difficult for the team's management group to select the riders to include in the Vuelta line-up. Yet the management team has allocated Vuelta roster seats to multiple young riders who lack important Grand Tour experience.

"We had more riders deserving a spot than we had spaces. We chose an equal mix of riders that have the capability to produce results and riders the would benefit from a three week tour as part of their development as professional cyclists."

A total of four riders will make their Grand Tour debut with the GreenEdge team in the 2012 Vuelta a Espana. Travis Meyer, Mitch Docker, Simon Clarke, and Daniel Teklehaimont each have distinctly different goals for their first three-week stage race.

Clarke targeted top performances at the Ardennes Classics and Tour of Norway earlier in the season, finishing second overall in the Norwegian stage race. The second half of his season has been firmly focused on preparing for the Vuelta.

"Simon has shown repeatedly that he's able to provide team support in different types of races," Stephens explained and continued "He's also well-suited to punchy finishes because he's light and explosive. He comes out of Burgos in good condition, with two stage podiums, and we may see some strong personal performances from him during the Tour of Spain."

Meyer holds a mixed bag of strengths, which makes it difficult for Stephens to categorize his rider. The 23-year-old has had success in time trials, one-day races and shorter tours.

"Travis (Meyer) is a good all-around worker for the team," Stephens commented and added "He's a bit of a surprise package in that we see him do well in one area and think he's found a niche and then he'll turn around and do well somewhere else. He's been a nice surprise up until this point. I saw solid indications of his ability to handle a heavy workload on behalf of his teammates at Burgos, and we're eager to see what he's capable of in a three week race."

African rider Daniel Teklehaimanot, like Meyer, is in the early stages of his development as a pro rider, but his strengths haven't gone unnoticed by GreenEdge's management group. The neo-pro from Eritrea could develop into a world class climber. First, he needs to learn how hard he can push his body and how to endure the accompanying suffering.

"Daniel's inclusion into our Vuelta squad is a

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