Two top Australian teams have confirmed their entry for the New Zealand Cycle Classic aroud the Manawatu at the end of January.
The Australian national team, Jayco-AIS, and Drapac Professional Cycling, both with UCI Continental status, have joined the impressive United States-based Pro Continental team, Team Type 1-Sanofi Aventis, whose participation was announced a few days ago.
Jayco's Patrick Lane is back after finishing second in last year's classic through Wellington and the Wairarapa.
The AIS team has had a huge influence in Australian cycling, producing exceptional numbers of international performers through its high performance programme.
Five AIS riders have won the classic in Wellington and the Wairarapa, one of the world's premier stage riders Robbie McEwen, Corey Sweet, Hayden Bradbury, Matthew Lloyd, and, most recently, Travis Meyer.