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"I imagine the focus on this year’s Tour de France is still going to be stage wins."

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23.06.2016 @ 11:30 Posted by Renaud Breban

Simon Gerrans will start his 11th Tour de France this year. The Orica GreenEDGE rider hopes to get his third stage win. The staff has not confirmed the roster but the team is likely to go into the race with a focus on stage wins.


"I think the fact that I can get across the board in most terrains is an asset, and the experience I’ve got these days, I’m lining up for my 11th Tour de France this year so I think that counts for a lot when you have someone that is going for the overall," Gerrans told Cycling Central. 


Gerrans is currently at a training camp with coach Dave Sanders and the Yates brothers. But Simon won't start the three-week race after he received a four-month suspension for testing positive for the asthma drug Terbutaline.


"I don’t think GC is going to be a big focus on this year’s Tour de France. I’m not even sure, we’ve been sent a long-list and I think the final selection for this year’s Tour is going to be made fairly late," Gerrans added. "I imagine the focus on this year’s Tour de France is still going to be stage wins and then you see the way [it’s] developing, with Esteban in particular, I imagine GC is going to be a focus down the track.


"Particularly this year, there’s not a heck of a lot of stages in the Tour de France that really suit my strengths. We’ll go a couple of days early to the start and look at some of the stages early on in the race. I obviously know the stages around home in Andorra, and a few of the Alpine climbs I’ve raced up in the past, but as far as specific recon goes we’ll only do the first days when we get to the start of the Tour de France."


Gerrans won the Tour Down Under at the start of the year but failed to get any notable results in the classics.


"The first big objective was the Australian summer and then it was the spring classics and now onto the European summer of races," he said. "The classics didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, there were various things that didn’t go quite right. I learnt a little bit from that and have now put that behind me to focus on the Tour. I used [the Dauphine] to bring my form up a level. It’s a good opportunity to try and help my teammates out that I’ll be relying on down the track, give a few of the other guys that don’t get so many opportunities a chance. It’s a good team building race, form building race and great part of (Tour) preparation."



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