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Orica-GreenEDGE aim for no more Giro injuries

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Orica-GreenEDGE's Head Sports Director Matt White admits the team will keep it simple as the Giro continues.

The Australian team will be in 'survival mode' with the race going back into the mountains as they have suffered from a lot of injuries so far and they don't want to lose any more riders.

The team have one won three stages of the Giro this year, winning the team time trial on stage one as well as picking up two individual stage victories through Michael Matthews and Pieter Weening.

Between Matthews and Svein Tuft, Orica-GreenEDGE wore the pink jersey for the first seven days of the Giro, but it isn't all good news as the team have lost a few riders with injury along the way.

After stage 13 yesterday only five of the nine riders that started were still racing, and only one of those riders hasn't been involved in any sort of crash during the Giro so far. The lucky man is Michael Hepburn who is taking part in his first professional year as a road cyclist and is currently placed 171st out of 174 riders, over 2 hours behind Rigoberto Uran in first place.

Head Sports Director Matt White is pleased with Hepburn's performances so far but believes he will be tested in the coming week as the Giro hits the big mountains.

White said, according to The Age Sport: "We had to give him a fair old workload at the start of the Giro because we were in the jersey.

''He had to do some quite solid work and that does knock you around.

''He is climbing better than he was at the start of the tour. But the really hard stuff hasn't started. He has a massive engine, but it's going to be a hard last week for him.

''He hasn't been in any crashes or sick. That's the advantage he has on everyone else.''

''The goal for 'Heppy' was to be a part of that team time trial, [get] experience and try to finish his first grand tour. He is in survival mode to the last stage.''

The Orica-GreenEDGE riders to have left the Giro so far are Michael Matthews, Cameron Meyer, Luke Durbridge and Brett Lancaster.

Apart from Hepburn the other four riders left in the race are all suffering from some injury or illness. Tuft has been bandaged up after suffering from cuts and abrasions, Ivan Santaromita and Pieter Weening were suffering from a stomach bug and Mitch Docker had a fever.


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