The American Radioshack team has contacted the organisers of the Tour of Britain to ask for a place in the race in September, according to a CW source.

After the Radioshack team was left out of the Vuelta a Espana, their late season race programme looks rather empty, so they contacted the Tour of Britain about securing a place.

It is not known whether Lance Armstrong would be part of the team but it would seem unlikely that he will have many major racing engagements after the Tour de France.

The eight-day Tour of Britain starts in Rochdale on September 11 and works its way to London, with two difficult stages in the West Country.

One team that will definitely be on the start line is Team Sky. Organisers understand that Bradley Wiggins will be part of their line-up