O’Grady home to lead Danish outfit

A strong and competitive Team Saxo Bank, led by South Australia’s Stuart O’Grady, will take to the start line at the 2009 Tour Down Under.

Race Director Mike Turtur highlighted that Stuart O’Grady is the only rider in the Tour Down Under’s history to have won the event twice.

“Stuart O’Grady won the inaugural Tour Down Under in 1999 and again in 2001,” said Turtur. “Stuart has had the taste of victory here twice before and I know he will hit the race hard, looking to add a third title.

“It is always great to see Australian cycling champions competing in a UCI ProTour event on home soil.”

Stuart O’Grady, who had a strong 2008 season after recovering from a series of serious injuries, will be joined by fellow Australian rider Matthew Goss and Gernam Jens Voigt.

“Matthew has had an outstanding start to his cycling career since turning professional in 2006,” said Turtur. “Germany’s Jens Voigt will also be a powerful support to O’Grady, having taken out a stage win in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

“Voigt has the propensity to attack the race and has an extremely positive attitude to cycling.”

Frank Hoj will make his return to Team Saxo Bank at the 2009 Tour Down Under. He was previously a member of the Danish team in 2004.

Team Saxo Bank:

  • Stuart O’Grady (AUS)
  • Jens Voigt (GER)
  • Nicki Sorensen (DEN)
  • Kasper Klostergaard (DEN)
  • Matthew Goss (AUS)
  • Frank Hoj (DEN)
  • Anders Lund (DEN)
  • Team Manager Kim Andersen (DEN)
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