One of Australia’s most accomplished professional cyclists, Stuart O’Grady joins the new Australian cycling team GreenEDGE. The 38 year old has represented Australia in five Olympic games and ridden the Tour de France 15 times with two stage wins and time in yellow plus won the famous Paris-Roubaix race in 2007.
O’Grady however leaves one of the strongest Pro Cycling Teams, Team Leopard with Frank and Andy Schleck, both who came close to overall victory this year in the Tour de France, along with Fabian Cancellara and fellow Strong-Man, Jens Voigt.
"It’s been a privilege racing with those guys and leaving Leopard-Trek to join GreenEDGE has been the hardest decision of my career" said O’Grady.
The Aussie team which just signed strong young riders Jack Bobridge and Cameron and Travis Meyer will now have an extremely experienced and seasoned rider to ‘guide’ the team.
Setting up a commercial and national team is a challenge, the high profile rider announcements however are extremely promising signs that GreenEDGE are on it’s way to become a solid team. Tour winner Cadel Evans is not up for grabs having already extended his Team BMC-Racing contract to 2014. With Team HTC Highroad having formally confirmed it’s closure, Mark Renshaw is looking for a new team?