GreenEDGE upbeat about pending status

Tour de France stage winner Simon Gerrans signed on with GreenEDGE for the 2012 season.
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New Australian cycling team GreenEDGE remain confident there will be cause for celebration next month at the end of their first training camp.

We're doing everything that is asked of us. I've been fairly nervous throughout ... nervous, in a good way.

By December 10 at the latest, GreenEDGE will find out whether they will debut next year at the sport's highest level.

Cycling's world governing body, the UCI, announced on Tuesday that they had not made a final decision on whether GreenEDGE and RadioShack-Nissan would gain WorldTour status.

"The (licencing) commission is currently waiting for the teams to provide additional documents," the UCI said in a statement.

The UCI have allocated 16 of the 18 WorldTour licences for next season.

GreenEDGE general manager Shayne Bannan said the UCI wanted more detail about the team's administration.

"From a positive point of view, they've named 16 teams and there's only two teams remaining," Bannan said.

"Our intention is to do what they've asked ... by getting some paperwork in relation to admin stuff.

"We're really confident of our objective, of achieving the WorldTour licence."

GreenEDGE had hoped to know by now whether it becomes the first Australian team to achieve WorldTour status, but Bannan has said for several months that they must be patient.

He is far from surprised that the team is receiving extra scrutiny from the licensing commission.

"Particularly as a new project, the UCI are going to go through us with a fine-tooth comb," Bannan said.

"That's okay and we'd expect that type of thoroughness - we're ready for it.

"We're doing everything that is asked of us. I've been fairly nervous throughout ... nervous, in a good way."

There was similar anticipation this time last year about the Australian-based Pegasus project but it proved a disaster and the team folded before the season started.

WorldTour status would mean GreenEDGE receives automatic entry to road cycling's top races, such as the Tour de France.

But if they miss out on the top level, GreenEDGE will probably debut as a second-tier Pro Continental team.

Meanwhile, the team is busy preparing for their debut.

Bannan is at a the team headquarters in Italy and will be back in Australia on the weekend ahead of their first riders' camp.

The whole team will assemble in Canberra from November 28-December 8 and then in Melbourne from December 9-12.

Most of the team attended a short induction camp soon after the September world road championships, but this will be the first time all the GreenEDGE riders have come together.

"This will be the first real training camp," Bannan said.

GreenEDGE roster:

Baden Cooke (Aus)
Matthew Wilson (Aus)
Svein Tuft (Can)
Simon Clarke (Aus)
Jens Mouris (Ned)
Simon Gerrans (Aus)
Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)
Pieter Weening (Ned)
Stuart O’Grady (Aus)
Travis Meyer (Aus)
Cameron Meyer (Aus)
Jack Bobridge (Aus)
Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri)
Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)
Robbie McEwen (Aus)
Michael Albasini (Sui)
Matt Goss (Aus)
Jens Keukeleire (Bel)
Leigh Howard (Aus)
Wesley Sulzberger (Aus)
Allan Davis (Aus)
Brett Lancaster (Aus)
Fumiyuki Beppu
Mitch Docker
Julian Dean
Daryl Impey
Christian Meier


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