Goss to lead GreenEDGE for Tour de France

Matt Goss will spearhead a GreenEDGE team hungry for stage success in their Tour de France debut.

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The Australian team have announced their nine-man roster for cycling's greatest race which starts on Saturday with a 6.4km prologue in Liege, Belgium.

Goss is the designated leader for the sprint stages and will be joined by former Tour de France green jersey winner Baden Cooke, in-form Simon Gerrans, Stuart O'Grady, Brett Lancaster, Daryl Impey, Michael Albasini, Pieter Weening and Sebastian Langeveld.

"Matt Goss in an obvious focus for stage wins," the team's sports director Matt White said.

"We have a lot of opportunists in the team of nine. We've said from the start that the overall is not a goal.

"We're on the hunt for stage wins, and we have a lot of winners in those eight other riders.

"They'll have every chance to show their value and class over three weeks of racing."

Beyond the team's sprint train, the team will look to Gerrans, Weening and Albasini for stage wins.

White believed Gerrans, the first Australian to win a stage at all three Grand Tours, had to be considered a major threat for a stage win on the back of his form this year.

"He has had a very successful year to date," said White.

"An opportunist with a knack for winning from breaks, we'll look to Simon on a few key stages."

GreenEDGE team: Baden Cooke, Brett Lancaster, Daryl Impey, Matt Goss, Michael Albasini, Pieter Weening, Sebastian Langeveld, Simon Gerrans, Stuart O'Grady.

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