Former Milan Sanremo winner Matt Goss is attempting to return to his previous heights this season, and will ride the Tour de Langkawi as one of his early targets.
The Australian was part of a One Pro Cycling squad confirmed on Tuesday for the race.
“We have worked hard to build a race calendar for One Pro Cycling in 2016 to both develop and challenge our squad whilst always looking to be competitive”, directeur sportif Matthew Winston said. “To be accepted into Le Tour de Langkawi is testament to the squad that we’ve built. I’m confident we can travel to Malaysia not only to ride the race but to be challenging for good results.”
Goss will be joined by climber John Ebsen, who is also a new signing. He was previously eighth and 13th overall in the race, clocking up those results in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Also on board will be the New Zealander James Oram, the Pole Karol Domagalski and the Britons Richard Handley and George Harper.
“When we first talked to their sports director Matthew Winston, we felt this team was special and had a bright future,” said the race’s CEO, Emir Abdul Jalal.
“We were the first H.C. race to invite Tinkoff and Slipstream, later renamed Garmin and now Cannondale, back in 2007. We wish One Pro Cycling to follow their path and be just as successful in years to come.”
He indicated that three WorldTour squads will also be part of the 22 team lineup.
“We’re grateful to team managers like Tinkoff’s Stefano Feltrin, Dimension Data’s Douglas Ryder or Shayne Bannan from Orica-GreenEdge who remember our help on their debuts and keep sending their team to Malaysia every time it fits into their race schedule.”
Goss is just 29 years of age and while he has had a number of quieter seasons since his 2011 San Remo win, he is still young enough to turn things around.
The Tour de Langkawi traditionally features a number of sprint stages and these will give him the opportunity to clock up victories early in the year.