Email to friend icon

GreenEDGE

GreenEDGE riders in the 2012 National Road Championships (AAP Image)GreenEDGE cycling is an Australian professional cycling team formed in 2011 who will compete on the UCI World Tour professional cycling circuit after being granted a licence by the UCI for the 2012 and 2013 UCI World Tour seasons.

The GreenEDGE team was founded by Australian businessman Gerry Ryan and will be managed by Andrew Ryan and Shayne Bannan, with Matt White and Neil Stephens race directors.

GreenEDGE’s current focus is on its mens road and track racing team but have stated their intention to expand into women’s cycling competition in the future.

In January 2012 GreenEDGE announced a full 30-man roster, with 17 of the 30 riders being Australian. Simon Gerrans, Baden Cooke, Matt Goss and Cameron Meyer head the list of prominent Australian riders who will be competing for GreenEDGE in 2012, while veterans Stuart O’Grady and Robbie McEwen will also ride for the team.

GreenEDGE made their racing debut in January 2012 at the Bay Classic Series in Victoria with Allan Davis winning the men’s classification, while Simon Gerrans (road race) and Cameron Meyer (time trial) picked up national honours at the Australian National Championships a week later.

Later in January Simon Gerrans won the 2012 Tour Down Under in GreenEDGE’s first UCI World Tour event. World champion track cyclists Leigh Howard and Cameron Meyer led GreenEDGE to victory in the 2012 edition of the Berlin Six Days track race, highlighting the team’s versatility in a variety of cycling disciplines.

Indifferent team performances at the Tour of Qatar and Tour Med in February highlight the difficulties the fledgling team will face on the international stage.

GreenEDGE will be competing in the pinnacle events of the 2012 UCI World Tour including the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta Espana, as well as a host of other tour events.