Timaru's Shane Archbold will become just the 9th New Zealander to ride in cycling's most prestigious race.

He's been picked for his German team Bora-Argon in next month's Tour de France.

Archbold switched from track after the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but never really thought this was possible.

Archbold will be a lead out rider for the sprinters on the three week tour.

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