ANDY Schleck, second in this year?s Tour of Italy, and his brother Frank, winner of the 2006 Tour de France stage to Alpe d'Huez, both ride the Tour of Ireland which starts in Kilkenny this Wednesday (August 22). The finish is in Dublin on Sunday (August 26).

The Luxemburg pair are late additions to their CSC team. The Tour of Ireland is ranked UCI 2.1 and the 112-man field is divided into 16 seven-man teams. It?s a potent a mix of top Pro Tour squads and talented up-and-coming outfits whose best won?t shillyshally from taking on the big boys.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.