Orica-GreenEdge going into Tirreno-Adriatico with options

Orica-GreenEdge arrive in Italy for Tirreno-Adriatico with two possible GC contenders and a man for the sprints, team director Matt White told Cyclingnews Tuesday.

The race begins Wednesday with a 22.5km team time trial in Lido Di Camaiore on the coast of Tuscany. Although the Australian team took the opening team time trial in 2012, White downplayed their chances for victory on Wednesday.

“It’s been a couple of years since we won it, but it’s a pretty simple team time time trial,” White stold Cyclingnews. “We’ll see how the weather is tomorrow, but if it’s like it was this morning it will be fast on the way out and a bit slower on the way back.


“We’ve got a couple little fellows, Caleb [Ewan], Esteban [Chaves] and Adam [Yates], so it’s certainly not the strongest team we’ve had here for a team time trial, but we’ve obviously got other ambitions during the week with sprint stages and general as well.”

Yates, who finished ninth overall last year behind winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar] after a week of consistent racing, will be looking to improve his result, while Chaves, who has raced three days so far this year, is hoping to build on his 2015 breakout season as he prepares for general classification runs at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

“I think both Adam and Esteban have good form coming in so it will be a good test for them,” White said. “Esteban has also got Catalunya in mind, while Adam is on the first of the races where he’s really keen to impress.”

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