New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer has been confirmed as a starter for his second Tour de France.
Bauer was today named in the nine-strong Garmin-Sharp line-up for the Tour de France that starts this weekend in Leeds, England.
The Tour finishes in Paris on July 27, a week before the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow, set for the final day of the competition.
He completed his first Tour de France last year and will again play a key role in supporting young American star Andrew Talansky, who was 10th on general classification in his debut last year.
The team's chances were dealt a blow with veteran David Millar, in what was to be his final Tour de France, not considered due to illness.
Bauer has been in strong form this year, winning the prologue at the Herald Sun Tour, and followed his efforts in all of the major classics with seventh in the time trial at the Bayern Rundfahrt where he was 13th on general classification.
He will join Greg Henderson (Lotto Belisol) as the New Zealand riders in this year's Tour de France.
Both Kiwis will head to Glasgow as strong chances in the Commonwealth Games road race.
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