Orica GreenEDGE (OGE)
Michael Albasini (35) is the only Swiss rider in the service of Australian team Orica GreenEDGE. The rider from Eastern Switzerland is unlikely to be satisfied with his 6th place on the 7th stage from Biel to Düdingen and his 8th place on the 8th stage, a circuit in Bern. The last time he won a stage in the Tour de Suisse was in 2012. However, his team-mate Michael Matthews won last year's 4th stage from Flims to Schwarzenbach (SG). Michael Albasini prepared the ground for the Australian’s sprint victory.
Orica GreenEDGE is largely made up of distinguished riders like Luke Durbridge, Road Captain Matthew Hayman, Canadian veteran Svein Tuft and sprinter Michael Matthews. Another winning rider is Simon Gerrans. The difficult and mountainous anniversary edition of the Tour de Suisse would appear to be ideal for the 23-year-old, lightweight British twins Simon and Adam Yates.
Title sponsor Orica is a global company which mainly produced explosives for Australian gold mines when it was established in 1874. The company now has a broad base in the chemicals and raw materials sector, and is listed on the Australian stock exchange. The team is further financed by Australian businessman Gerry Ryan, who owns Jayco, the American manufacturer of recreational vehicles. The colours of Orica GreenEDGE are dark blue, green and white.