Bendigo cyclist Jack Haig showed he's on track to compete in next month's Tour de France with a strong ride in stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Haig, who rides for the Mitchelton-Scott team, is back on the bike after a knee injury sidelined him for a couple of months.
The former Weeroona College student was part of a 12-rider breakaway in the 180km stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné.
The peleton reeled in the group with 35km to go, but the performance gave Haig plenty of confidence.
"It was good to get back into racing today and get into the break and make a hard race, it was quite difficult and quite different to what I have been doing in training,'' Haig told greenedgecycling.com
"Today there were lot of short repetitive climbs, swapping off and going quite fast. We had a tailwind for a bit of the day which made it quite fast, too."
Haig's main role in the Critérium du Dauphiné is to provide support for Mitchelton-Scott's number one rider Adam Yates.
Yates is in 10th place, 24 seconds off the lead after two stages.