Local Hadspen boy Ritchie Porte is on the start list for his Team Saxo Bank for the upcoming 6 stage Tour of the Basque Country (Spanish: Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco) starting on April 5.
Porte has also made the provisional team list for the first of this years Grand Tours, the Giro d italia in May. The winner of the last two Basque tours was Alberto Contador who also won the 2007 & 2009 Tour De France.
Flowery Gully's Wes Sulzberger who is currently Tasmania's most successful pro cyclist will also saddle up in the basque tour for his French team Francaise de jour. Sulzberger looks likely to be the first Tasmanian to saddle up for the Tour de France since Michael Wilson in ??1989 who last time I looked owns the appropriately named "Velo" winery in Legana
To follow the progress of these local stars go to cyclingnews or steephill TV through my links