It's almost Tour de France time. We're ready for late nights stuck to the screen following the thrills and spills of it.
Over coming days we'll look at some of the teams taking their top riders into battle.
Where better to start than with our favourite home grown success story.
What is Orica-GreenEDGE?
Orica-GreenEDGE is Australia’s first professional road racing team competing on the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) World Tour.
Who's taking it to the Tour this year?
- Unfortunately due to injury sustained in a training accident, Michael Mathews will no longer be riding in the 2014 Tour de France. Taking his place is Canadian rider Christian Meier.
Simon Gerrans has pulled out of the 2014 Tour de France after stage 16 due to injuries sustained in stage 1 on the 2014 Tour de France.
- Simon Gerrans (Click to See Video) (aus)
- Michael Albasini (sui)
- Simon Clarke (aus)
- Luke Durbridge (aus)
- Mathew Hayman (aus)
- Jens Keukeleire (bel)
- Christian Meier (can)
- Svein Tuft (can)
- Simon Yates (gbr)
Michael Matthews now out after a training crash earlier this week! He has been replaced by Canadian Christian Meier.
When was Orica-GreenEDGE formed and by whom?
Orica-GreenEDGE was formed in 2011. Australian businessman and owner of Jayco Australia Gerry Ryan has invested in the team. Matt White is the team’s Sport Director.
Who are Orica-GreenEDGE’s partners?
BikeExchange, for one! We are and have been since inception the team’s online media partner. Orica, a global leader in explosives, mining chemicals and mining services and Australia’s largest chemical company, is the team’s naming rights sponsor. The team rides SCOTT bikes, wears Craft Functional sportswear and Bolle sunglasses. Other partners include but are not limited to Mitchelton Wines, AIS, Altitude Training Systems, Jeff Banks London, Shimano and Continental.
Winners are Grinners
There have been plenty in such a short time frame, but some of the stand-out and more recent palmares include:
Tour Down Under - Simon Gerrans wins overall
Liège-Bastogne-Liège – Simon Gerrans wins overall
Giro d’Italia - Orica GreenEDGE wins stage one / Michael Matthews wins stage six and comes third in stage ten / Pieter Weening wins stage nine
Tour de Slovenie – Michael Matthews wins stage one and comes third in stage four
Tour de Suisse – Cameron Meyer comes second in stage two
Herald Sun Tour – Simon Clarke comes first
Oceania Cycling Championships (Toowoomba) – Luke Durbridge comes first
National Championships Australia – Simon Gerrans comes first
Paris-Nice – Matt Goss comes second in stage three
Tour of Oman - Leigh Howard comes second in stages one and two
Canadian National Champion Time Trial + Road Race - Svein Tuft (his ninth time trial and second road title)
Tour de France – Simon Gerrans wins stage three / Orica-GreenEDGE wins stage four / Michael Albasini comes second in stage 14
Who rides for Orica-GreenEDGE?
Some of the best names in world cycling!
• Simon Gerrans
• Simon Clarke
• Luke Durbridge
• Michael Matthews
• Matthew Goss
• Magnus Cort
• Matthew Hayman
• Sam Bewley
• Michael Albasini
• Simon Yates
• Svein Tuft
• Michael Hepburn
• Mitch Docker
• Pieter Weening
• Adam Yates
• Aidis Kruopis
• Brett Lancaster
• Cameron Meyer
• Christian Meier
• Damien Howson
• Daryl Impey
• Esteban Chaves
• Ivan Santaromita
• Jens Keukeleire
• Jens Mouris
• Leigh Howard
Who is Orica-AIS?
Orica-AIS is the women’s team. Current members include:
• Amanda Spratt
• Annette Edmondson
• Carlee Taylor
• Emma Johansson
• Grace Sulzberger
• Gracie Elvin
• Jessie MacLean
• Katrin Garfoot
• Loes Gennewijk
• Melissa Hoskins
• Shara Gillow
• Valentina Scandolara