Team information
UCI code OBE
Registered Australia
Founded 2011 (2011)
Discipline Road
Status UCI WorldTeam
Bicycles Scott
Components Shimano
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Shayne Bannan
Team name history
GreenEDGE Cycling (GEC)
Orica–GreenEDGE (OGE)

Orica–BikeExchange (UCI Team Code: OBE) is an Australian professional road race cycling team. Launched in January 2011, it competes on the UCI World Tour. The team is under the management of Andrew Ryan and Shayne Bannan with Neil Stephens and Matt White (who has returned from being stood down after admitting to doping violations with the US Postal Service cycling team)[1] as Sporting Directors.[2] The team ride Scott bikes,[3] wear Craft clothing, and wear Bollé eyewear.[4] The team has financial backing from Australian businessman Gerry Ryan[5] who owns Jayco Australia.[6]

Seventeen of GreenEDGE's 30 riders are Australian, and the team has an arrangement with the Team Jayco-AIS to act as its non-exclusive feeder team.[7] The team also has a women's team and supports its riders performing track cycling.[8]

In June 2016, ahead of the 2016 Tour de France the team announced BikeExchange, an Australian cycling retailer, was stepping up as a title sponsor of the team.[9] Team owner, Gerry Ryan, had previously sought to secure further sponsorship after Orica announced they would stop sponsoring the team after the 2017 season.[10]



The team was launched on 17 January 2011 in Adelaide. It has signed a full complement of 30 riders. On 6 December 2011, the team was admitted by the UCI to the 2012 and 2013 World Tour seasons.[11][12]

Orica, a multinational company that provides chemicals and explosives for the mining industry, is GreenEDGE's title sponsor.[13] The team has attracted SCOTT Sports[3] as a bicycle supplier and Santini Maglificio Sportivo as suppliers of apparel.[4]


In January 2012, GreenEDGE made its debut in the Bay Classic Series in Victoria, Australia. Allan Davis won the men's classification racing for GreenEDGE's second team in the race, Mitchelton Wines/Lowe Farms, while Melissa Hoskins won the women's event.[14] The following week Simon Gerrans won the Australian National Road Race Championships in Buninyong, Victoria. He was one of 16 GreenEDGE riders in the race. Luke Durbridge won the time trial title ahead of GreenEDGE team-mate Cameron Meyer.[15][16][17] At the end of January, Gerrans won the Tour Down Under, picking up victory for GreenEDGE in its first World Tour event.[18] The team won their first major European race in the team time trial of Tirreno–Adriatico[19] following a near miss from Gerrans during Paris–Nice.[20] GreenEDGE then won their first monument when, again, Simon Gerrans won Milan–San Remo in a 3 up sprint after following the key move over the top of the final climb.[21]


Christian Meier racing for Orica-GreenEDGE in Madrid.

Going in to the 2013 season, Orica–GreenEDGE started at the Bay Classic Series in Victoria, Australia. Luke Durbridge won stage 2 and Mitchell Docker won the third and final stage. Defending Champion in the Women’s Event Melissa Hoskins defended her title and picked up her first win in stage 3 of the Women’s event.

With the defending champions in the Men’s and Women’s Time Trial and Road Race in the Australian National Road Race Championships Orica–GreenEDGE had high expectations to meet. Luke Durbridge went out and won the Time Trial on day one. Cameron Meyer followed that up with a solo break in the criterium. With the defending champion Simon Gerrans the favourite in the road race they were set for a clean sweep. Luke Durbridge was part of an early break in the first few kilometers. As the race progressed the other riders of the break dropped off. Luke Durbridge rode the final lap and a half solo to win by over 1 minute. New signing for 2013 Michael Matthews sprinted home to make it a one-two and a clean sweep of the Nationals.

Orica–GreenEDGE had a very successful start to the 2013 Tour de France. After avoiding much of the carnage of the first two stages, Simon Gerrans won the 3rd stage. The next day, in the team time trial, Orica–GreenEDGE took out the stage by beating Omega Pharma-Quick Step by 0.75 of a second. In the process, Gerrans took possession of the yellow jersey as the new race leader and held it for 2 days, then gave it up to teammate Daryl Impey for an additional two days.


The team started the 2014 with success, tasting overall victory at the inaugural round of the 2014 UCI World Tour, the Tour Down Under - courtesy of Simon Gerrans. New recruit Adam Yates secured his first classification win with the young riders clarification at the Tour de San Luis. Simon Clarke took the second overall victory, winning the Herald Sun Tour. In the remainder of the spring season, the team would go on to take a smattering of victories at; the Tour of the Basque Country, Tour de Romandie, Tour of Turkey. The teams most notable wins of the spring came again, courtesy of Gerrans - when he took victory at Liège–Bastogne–Liège, whilst Adam Yates continued his good early season form, winning the overall classification of the Tour of Turkey (his first pro GC victory).

Entering the first Grand Tour of the year, the Giro d'Italia, the team targeted the stage win in the Team Time Trial and stage victories with Michael Matthews (who took victory on stage 6 into Montecassino). Pieter Weening took a surprise victory into Sestola on stage 9.

The team again took a smattering of stage wins as the season progressed through the summer, notching victories at; the Tour de Suisse, Tour of Slovenia, GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano and Giro di Toscana. As the season entered the second half, Matthews would take a stage at the Vuelta a España, whilst Daryl Impey would claim the overall win in the Tour of Alberta. Gerrans would go on to take victory in the two Canadian one-day World Tour races: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. The teams final victory would come from Michael Albasini, at Tre Valli Varesine.




On 28 April 2016, Simon Yates returned an adverse analytical finding for Terbutaline. Yates had been prescribed the drug to help treat his well-documented asthma, however an administration error had occurred, culminating in a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) request not being filed. Hence, he returned a positive for a banned compound. The team took full responsibility for this error, emphasising that Yates had no fault in the occurrence.[22][23]


The team is probably best known for their online videos created by Dan Jones. Their channel has been successful due to their series "Backstage Pass" which gives viewers an insight into the team and the personalities in it. As of July 13, 2016, Dan has made over 400 episodes of Backstage Pass.[24] The channel also had series such as "Bike Riders Can't Cook" and "Sunrise to Sunset" which showed fans a day in the life of a rider or staff member. The total hits on the channel is currently over 16.5 million. The most successful video so far was the teams version of Call Me Maybe by singer Carly Rae Jepsen. It has had over 1 million hits on YouTube and was also used by Eurosport to introduce the coverage of the 16th stage of the 2012 Vuelta a España.

Neil Rogers from Velo News labelled the video "Possibly the single best PR move I've seen from a pro cycling team in years!"[25]

In 2013, they made a tribute video of AC/DC famous song "You shook me all night long", though they were forced to remove it from their official channel after a complaint from the rights holders.

In 2014 Dan Jones created #SKYvOGE, a series where both Orica–GreenEDGE and Team Sky took part in a series of challenges off the bike which was also featured on Eurosport's cycling coverage of the 2014 Paris-Nice.

Team roster

As of 1 August 2016.
Rider Date of birth
 Michael Albasini (SUI) (1980-12-20)20 December 1980 (aged 35)
 Sam Bewley (NZL) (1987-07-22)22 July 1987 (aged 28)
 Esteban Chaves (COL) (1990-01-17)17 January 1990 (aged 26)
 Cheung King Lok (HKG) (1991-02-08)8 February 1991 (aged 25)
 Magnus Cort (DEN) (1993-01-16)16 January 1993 (aged 23)
 Mitchell Docker (AUS) (1986-10-02)2 October 1986 (aged 29)
 Luke Durbridge (AUS) (1991-04-09)9 April 1991 (aged 24)
 Alex Edmondson (AUS) (1993-12-22)22 December 1993 (aged 22)
 Caleb Ewan (AUS) (1994-07-11)11 July 1994 (aged 21)
 Simon Gerrans (AUS) (1980-05-16)16 May 1980 (aged 35)
 Jack Haig (AUS) (1993-09-06)6 September 1993 (aged 22)
 Mathew Hayman (AUS) (1978-04-20)20 April 1978 (aged 37)
 Michael Hepburn (AUS) (1991-08-17)17 August 1991 (aged 24)
 Damien Howson (AUS) (1992-08-13)13 August 1992 (aged 23)
Rider Date of birth
 Daryl Impey (RSA) (1984-12-06)6 December 1984 (aged 31)
 Christopher Juul-Jensen (DEN) (1989-07-06)6 July 1989 (aged 26)
 Jens Keukeleire (BEL) (1988-11-23)23 November 1988 (aged 27)
 Christian Meier (CAN) (1985-09-02)2 September 1985 (aged 30)
 Luka Mezgec (SLO) (1988-06-27)27 June 1988 (aged 27)
 Rubén Plaza (ESP) (1980-02-29)29 February 1980 (aged 36)
 Robert Power (AUS) (1995-05-11)11 May 1995 (aged 20)
 Svein Tuft (CAN) (1977-05-19)19 May 1977 (aged 38)
 Amets Txurruka (ESP) (1982-11-10)10 November 1982 (aged 33)
 Carlos Verona (ESP) (1992-11-04)4 November 1992 (aged 23)
 Adam Yates (GBR) (1992-08-07)7 August 1992 (aged 23)
 Simon Yates (GBR) (1992-08-07)7 August 1992 (aged 23)

    Major results

    Continental and national champions

    Australian Road Race Simon Gerrans
    Australian Time Trial Luke Durbridge
    Canadian Time Trial Svein Tuft
    Eritrean Road Race Daniel Teklehaymanot
    Eritrean Time Trial Daniel Teklehaymanot
    African Time Trial Daniel Teklehaymanot
    Australian Road Race Luke Durbridge
    Australian Time Trial Luke Durbridge
    Australian Criterium, Cameron Meyer
    South African Time Trial Daryl Impey
    Oceania Road Race Cameron Meyer
    Lithuanian Road Race Tomas Vaitkus
    African Time Trial Daniel Teklehaymanot
    Australian Time Trial Michael Hepburn
    Australian Road Race Simon Gerrans
    South African Time Trial Daryl Impey
    Oceania Road Race Luke Durbridge
    Canadian Time Trial Svein Tuft
    Canadian Road Race Svein Tuft
    South African Time Trial Daryl Impey
    Oceania Time Trial Michael Hepburn
    Australian Criterium, Caleb Ewan
    South African Time Trial Daryl Impey
    Hong Kong Time Trial, Cheung King Lok
    Hong Kong Road Race, Cheung King Lok

    See also


    1. "How to build a cycling team". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
    2. "Management". GreenEDGE Cycling. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
    3. 1 2 "GreenEDGE to ride Scott bikes". Cycling Central. Special Broadcasting Service. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
    4. 1 2 "Sponsors and Supporters". GreenEDGE Cycling. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
    5. Guinness, Rupert (20 August 2011). "How to build a cycling team". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
    6. "GreenEDGE venture launched in Adelaide". Cycling Central. AAP. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
    7. Smith, Sophie (7 April 2011). "GreenEDGE project a marathon, not sprint". Cycling Central. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
    8. Reed, Ron (18 January 2011). "GreenEDGE will usher in a new era in Australian cycling". Herald Sun. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
    9. "Orica-GreenEdge to become Orica-BikeExchange ahead of Tour de France - Cyclingnews.com".
    10. "Gerry Ryan likely to announce new Orica-GreenEdge sponsor before 2016 Tour de France - Cyclingnews.com".
    11. "Cycling Australia > Home". cycling.org.au.
    12. "GreenEdge and RadioShack-Nissan confirmed for WorldTour". Cycling News. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
    13. Jane Aubrey. "Orica joins GreenEdge in three-year sponsorship deal". Cyclingnews.com.
    14. Aubrey, Jane (4 January 2011). "Hoskins holds on to final day lead to celebrate a deserved overall win". www.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
    15. "Gerrans clinches Aussie cycling title". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
    16. "GreenEDGE plots winning game plan". www.adelaidenow.com.au. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
    17. "Under 23 world champion Durbridge ousts Meyer in Learmonth". www.cyclingnews.com. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
    18. "Gerrans crowned Tour Down Under champion in Adelaide". www.cyclingnews.com. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
    19. Cycling News. "Tirreno-Adriatico 2012: Stage 1 Results - Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com.
    20. Barry Ryan. "Paris - Nice 2012: Stage 3 Results - Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com.
    21. Cycling News. "Milan-San Remo 2013: Results - Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com.
    22. "Simon Yates returns positive doping test - Cyclingnews.com".
    23. "Simon Yates 'caught in the middle' of doping storm, says Orica-GreenEdge directeur sportif - Cyclingnews.com".
    24. "200th Backstage Pass". YouTube. 17 May 2014.
    25. https://www.twitter.com/nealrogers

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