Cyclist Stuart O’Grady announced today that he will leave team Leopard-Trek to ride with the all-Australian team GreenEDGE cycling, the biggest name yet to sign with cycling's newest project. O'Grady, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner, had ridden in support of Andy and Frank Schleck for years, most recently helping the pair to second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at the Tour de France. "To ride for an Australian team has been a dream of mine since I turned pro way back in 1995," O'Grady said. Team GreenEDGE is aiming to become Australia's first UCI WorldTour-licensed team. Team managers are rumored to be pursuing Mark Cavendish, the 2011 Tour de France sprint champion, after HTC-Highroad collapsed last week. O'Grady, 38, is also the winner of the 1999 and 2001 editions of the Tour Down Under, and various Tour de France stages. "You don’t stay at the top end of any sport for as long as Stuart has without doing something right," GreenEDGE Cycling General Manager Shayne Bannan said. "He can teach our guys stuff on the road that simply can’t be communicated from the team car sitting behind the peloton."
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