16 Jan 2012

Setback for GreenEDGE

6:42 am on 16 January 2012

The Australian cycling team GreenEDGE had an international debut to forget as German sprint ace Andre Greipel dominated the Down Under Classic.

World under-23 champion Luke Durbridge, brought in to replace injured team-mate Jack Bobridge, was forced out of last night's twilight street race in Adelaide when he crashed while riding to the start.

Team officials are hopeful Durbridge will be ready for tomorrow's start of the Tour Down Under.

GreenEDGE did plenty of work at the front of the peloton throughout the 51km street race, but the sprint trains of Greipel's Lotto-Belisol team and Sky Procycling dominated the high-speed finish.

The New Zealander Greg Henderson was 9th for his Lotto-Belisol team.