Australian Rachel Neylan has signed with the Hitec Products team for 2013.
Neylan propelled herself into the spotlight by winning the silver medal in the women’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships in the Netherlands last month.
The Australian was part of the definitive break in the women's 129km race. She was the only rider able to follow Marianne Vos’ attack, with Neylan finishing solo behind Vos.
Neylan's performance has secured her a position with the the Norwegian Hitec Products team for the 2013 season.
Neylan and 18-year-old Italian Rossella Ratto, who was also part of the break at the world championships, will fill the space left by Swedish champion Emma Johansson who has left the team after a two year stint.
2012 has been a tough season for Neylan as she was forced to support herself for much of the year after her team Abus Nutrizzion ran into difficulty. Solid results at the Exergy Tour (11th) and the Tour de l'Ardeche (4th) earned her selection for the Australia team for the world championships.
With a team secured for 2013, Neylan is now on the hunt for a national title at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Ballarat in January. Neylan won the bronze medal in the road race won earlier this year.
The 30 year old is a recent import to cycling. After trying her hand at running, rowing, then running again, Neylan decided to have a crack at cycling through Cycling Australia's national identification program and moved to Adelaide.