By Agence France Presse
Columbia-HTC will be bringing two former Tour Down Under winners to the 2010 edition of the race, which will be held January 17-24, starting in Adelaide.
German Andre Greipel (the 2008 winner) and Australian Michael Rogers (2002 winner) are in the Columbia-HTC line-up the team announced on Friday.
Greipel spent months on the sidelines after crashing during the third stage of this year’s Tour Down Under, dislocating his shoulder and suffering a deep cut on his elbow, which required minor surgery.
“After Greipel’s mishap at the race this year we are pleased he will be
back,” race director Mike Turtur said.
“History shows that our race is a great start to Greipel’s season.
“In 2008 he took overall victory and this year started with a stage win in the 2009 Tour Down Under, and continued winning form all season, with four stage wins at the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) and a total of 20 victories.”
Joining the Columbia outfit in Adelaide and making their team debut at the
Tour Down Under are Australian Matt Goss (formerly Saxo Bank) and New Zealand
track specialist Hayden Roulston (formerly with Cervelo TestTeam).
Team Columbia-HTC’s line-up for the 2010 Tour Down Under will be: Andre Greipel
(GER), Michael Rogers (AUS), Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Matthew
Goss (AUS), Marcel Sieberg (GER) and Hayden Roulston (NZL).