The Lampre team will also look for a high overall finish with Rafael Valls. The Spaniard will make his debut with Lampre after having spent the last two seasons with the now defunct Vacansoleil - DCM team.
Diego Ulissi will help Ferrari in the sprints. He is looking forward to his first appearance at the Santos Tour Down Under.
"I'm really excited to live the Australian experience. It will be my first time in the land down under. I travelled a lot during my career, but the Australian challenge gives me new spurs," said Ulissi. "Talking about my aims, it's necessary to consider that the Santos Tour Down Under comes very early in the season, so it won't so easy to go there to get a result."
Lampre-Merida squad for the 2014 Tour Down Under: Diego Ulissi (Italy), Matteo Bono (Italy), Davide Cimolai (Italy), Roberto Ferrari (Italy), Manuele Mori (Italy), Rafael Valls Ferri (Spain) and Luca Wackermann (Italy)