The United Water-Australia U23 team for the 2006 Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under will be headed by Victorian William Walker. The 20 year-old became the first Australian to claim a medal in the U23 road race at the World Championships this season, when he finished second in Madrid in September. Walker will be joined by a classy mix of young talent with credentials on both the road and track.
Organisers of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under have also announced that the USA registered Navigators Insurance Team will be back at their event in 2006. The team includes Russian Vasili Davidenko, who this year claimed a stage win in Canada's Tour de Beauce and two stage wins in the Tour of Connecticut. Two time and reigning Irish road champion, David O'Loughlin, will be back in Adelaide and Australian Hilton Clarke, who this year claimed a stage win and the overall sprint classification in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, is expected to challenge for stage honours.
For more information about the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under see www.tourdownunder.com.au.