22 Dec 2011

Tour de France stage winner to ride in New Zealand

6:06 am on 22 December 2011

The Tour de France stage winner Rubens Bertogliati of Switzerland will compete in the New Zealand Cycle Classic in the Manawatu in January.

Bertogliati won the opening stage of the 2002 Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for 3 stages.

He rides for the American Team Type 1 Sanofi team.

Besides the Team Type 1 Sanofi and five Australian professional teams, there are another 10 overseas riders travelling to New Zealand as individuals who will be placed in composite teams, and the New Zealand national team has yet to be announced.