Gerrans to lead Ag2r at TDU

Australian Simon Gerrans has been rewarded for his Herald Sun Tour victory last month by being given

Australian Simon Gerrans has been rewarded for his Herald Sun Tour victory last month by being given

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Simon Gerrans, winner of the recent Herald Sun Tour, is set to lead his Ag2r team at January's Tour Down Under. Gerrans had a great 2005 season, that Sun Tour success coming on the back of a strong Tour de France debut.

"My Tour de France performance has had a huge impact on what the team expects from me," said Gerrans. "I think next season they will put me in a leadership role more often and that will start with the Tour Down Under in January.

"My 2005 season has also given me more confidence and increased the expectations I put on myself," he said. "I plan to start the season in really good shape with a view to winning a stage and maybe challenging for overall in Adelaide."

Gerrans will have a strong team around him which will give Ag2r several options to pursue depending on the way the race develops. "It's a really mixed team with strong guys like Yuriy Krivtsov, who has great time trial credentials and can ride all day on the front, and Samuel Dumoulin, who is a good all-rounder with a fast finish," said Gerrans. "Then you have climbers like Sylvain Calzati, who won the Tour de l'Avenir this year, and Cyril Dessel, silver medallist at the French Championships, who can both challenge for overall." Also on the start list is Jos Luis Arrieta who has joined the team from Illes Balears.

"They all love coming to Australia and the riders who haven't been here before are really excited to be racing the event," said Gerrans, who also has his sights set on Commonwealth Games selection.

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