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Canada’s Christian Meier and RSA’s Daryl Impey Join GreenEDGE

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October 10, 2011 – As GreenEDGE Cycling continues to build in its bid to become the first Australian team to join the UCI World Tour it has added South Africa’s Daryl Impey and Canadian Christian Meier to its roster for the 2012 season.

Impey is the reigning South African individual time trial champion and has spent this season with the German NetApp team after riding for RadioShack in its debut season. But it was in 2009 that his biggest win, to date, was achieved with overall victory in the Tour of Turkey.

The 26-year-old says he’s looking forward to the prospect of riding one of the Grand Tours next year and sees joining GreenEDGE as a new beginning.

“GreenEDGE has assembled a great squad and I’m really optimistic about our chances of getting a spot in the World Tours,” Impey said.

“I’m hoping to get a start in one of the Grand Tours for next year and aim to have a good Ardennes Classics campaign. I’ll also be aiming for my first ever win in a World Tour race along with going for the overall win in some of the smaller tours.”

Having ridden for the Barloworld team for two seasons, which hailed from his native South Africa, Impey understands what it will mean for the Australian riders to be part of an Australian team.

“My Barloworld days were the best of my career so far. Racing for a sponsor from your home country with your mates is something special. I know most of the Aussies well and they are all really upbeat and motivated and I feel the same way,” Impey said.

“The guys from the southern hemisphere think the same and I know we’re all fired up to make it work. We share the same humour and lifestyle basically, so it is definitely an environment I will feel at home and that’s most probably when you will get the best out of me.”

While Meier, who spent two seasons with Garmin-Cervelo and this year with the American based United Healthcare team, is looking forward to returning to cycling’s highest level and riding alongside his compatriot Svein Tuft.

“I’m very excited about the prospect of returning to the World Tour and being part of such an ambitious project,” the 26-year-old said.

“It will be great to race alongside some of the most experienced riders in the peloton, as I’ll be able to learn plenty from those guys and continue to develop as a rider.

“I’m also looking forward to racing with my good friend, and fellow Canadian, Svein Tuft again.”

Critical to the success of every cycling team is having a solid group of riders prepared to sacrifice themselves for the team’s leaders, which is where the 2008 Canadian road race champion believes he can make a big contribution to the team.

“Next year I am looking forward to doing my part in helping GreenEDGE have the most successful year we can,” he said.

“I’m very much looking forward to working for our team’s leaders and getting back to racing at the top level, especially racing Grand Tours.

“This year, at United Healthcare, I had the advantage of racing alongside Charlie Wegelius, who throughout his career has been one of the top domestiques in the peloton and I was able to learn a lot from him. That experience will be a big advantage to me at GreenEDGE.

“It was also great working with team director, Vittorio Algeri this year. He really cares about his riders and has helped me a lot.”

As for his personal ambitions Meier said, “I also hope to be able to take advantage of a few opportunities, especially taking part in the Canadian World Tour races next year.

“In the future I would like to perform well at races like the Ardennes Classics.”





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