Australian professional cycling team Drapac Porsche is once again returning to Europe to complete a six week racing block in Belgium and Germany. The schedule is comprised of a number of high profile events on the European racing calendar and numerous Belgium kermesse races.
The squad will again line up for the Belgian semi classic Halle - Ingoogiem, where last year Robert McLachlan and Darren Lapthorne finished in the top 20. Also on the schedule is Ruddervoorde, GP Drie Zusterstedan and Sparkassen Giro Bochum.
"We'll take the lessons learnt and the confidence gained from last year's trip to Europe and look to improve on our performances this year," said Drapac Porsche's team captain Stuart Shaw.
The team is made up of 10 of Australia's top cyclists, including 2007 National Road Series winner Stuart Shaw, South Australia State Champion Gene Bates, Daniel Braunsteins, Mitchell Docker, Grant Irwin, Peter McDonald, Mark O'Brien, Robbie Williams and Dean Windsor.
For a number of the riders, it will be their first trip to Europe in the Drapac Porsche colours. "[I'm] looking forward to lining up alongside the Europeans; it will be a great experience," said O'Brien. "I would like to get at least one top 10 result, however this will be my first time racing at the senior level in Europe. It's good to have high expectations."