Aucklander Myron Simpson will test himself against Europe's top professional cyclists next year after signing with Luxembourg-based UCI Continental cycling team Differdange-Magic SportFood.
The 22-year-old has a packed European racing calendar ahead of him, including the five-stage Tour of Luxembourg in May.
"It'll be great to line up against the top European professional riders, but also other Kiwis who are already doing well in some of those bigger races," he says.
Differdange-Magic SportFood is viewed as a stepping stone team for future grand tour professional cyclists.
"Based in Europe, there will be plenty of opportunities for exposure to the pro teams. If I can perform well in those types of events, then who knows where I could end up," Simpson says.
Simpson has been a member of BikeNZ's high performance unit for the last four years, competing in the 1000m time trial on the track at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.