Bobridge in debut for Blanco
Fresh start: Jack Bobridge. Photo: John Veage
Australian Olympic silver medallist Jack Bobridge will make his first outing with his new team Blanco Cycling at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide next month.
The 23-year-old South Australian, who won silver in the team pursuit at the London Games, quit national team Orica-GreenEDGE after the Olympics, seeking a fresh start.
Formerly known as Rabobank, the Netherlands-based team includes four Australians: Bobridge, David Tanner and sprinters Mark Renshaw and Graeme Brown.
Blanco Cycling Team sports director Erik Dekker says the team is looking forward to racing in Australia.
"The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under will be a special race for the Blanco Cycling team, it is going to be a fresh, new start," he said.
"With four Aussies competing on home soil they will be aiming to perform well for their Australian supporters."
Meanwhile, Matthew Lloyd will be the sole Australian in an otherwise all-Italian team to race for Lampre-Merida.
Lampre-Merida features a strong line-up including Davide Cimolai, Roberto Ferrari and Elia Favilli, along with Lloyd.
The Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from January 20 to 27 next year.