Updated Wednesday, August 27, 8:30am

Sixteen teams have signed up for this year’s five stage Tour of Ireland (Wednesday August 27 to Sunday August 31, 2008).


Thanks to a 2.1 ranking on the UCI calendar, the race has attracted some of the world’s top teams, from Europe, Australia, USA and South Africa.

And there are some very big names on the start list – such as Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel (Team Columbia), David Millar, Magnus Backstedt and Julian Dean (Garmin-Chipotle).

We will be covering the Tour of Ireland in full here on www.cyclingweekly.com.

You can read our full preview of the event – including stage list and route map – in the news section>>

Team Columbia
Manager: Brian Holm
1 Cavendish, Mark GBR
2 Eisel, Bernard AUT
3 Hansen, Adam AUS
4 Pinotti, Marco ITA
5 Possoni, Morris ITA
6 Rabon, Frantisek CZE
7 Barry, Michael CAN

Garmin Chipotle presented by H30 Cycling Team
Manager: Matt White
11 Millar, David GBR
12 Martin, Dan IRL
14 Backstedt, Magnus SWE
15 Dean, Julian NZL
16 Maaskant, Martijn NED
17 Lowe, Trent AUS
18 Sutton, Chris AUS

Tinkoff – Credit Systems
Manager: Omar Piscina
22 Klimov, Serguei RUS
23 Gottfried, Alexander GER
24 Chernetskiy, Ilya RUS
25 Mazzanti, Luca ITA
26 Riccio, Bernardo ITA
27 Graziato, Massimo ITA

CSF Group Navigare
Manager : Fabiano Fontanelli
31 Savini, Filippo ITA
32 Priamo, Matteo ITA
33 Tomei, Francesco ITA
34 Bongiorno, Ruben ARG
35 Richeze, Mauro ARG
36 Richeze, Max ARG

Type 1 Cycling Team
Manager : Edward Beamon
41 Aldape, Moises MEX
42 Surutkovych, Alex UKR
43 Calabria, Fabio AUS
44 Chadwick, Glen NZL
45 Kobzarenko, Valeriy UKR
46 Wilson, Matt AUS
47 Abraham, Emile TRI

Topsport Vlaanderen
Manager: Walter Planckaert
51 Coenen, Johan BEL
52 De Haes, Kenny BEL
53 Hovelijnck, Kurt BEL
54 Maes, Nikolas BEL
55 Neyens, Maarten BEL
56 Nolf, Frederiek BEL
57 Renders, Sven BEL

An Post – M Donnelly-Grant Thornton -Sean Kelly Team
Manager: Kurt Bogaerts
61 O’Brien, Paidi IRL
62 Cassidy, Mark IRL
63 Gallagher, Stephen IRL
64 Lloyd, Daniel GBR
65 Fleeman, Daniel GBR
66 Lisabett, Kenny BEL
67 De Schrooder, Kurt BEL

Irish National Team
Manager: Frank Campbell
71 McCann, David IRL
72 Griffen, Paul IRL
73 Healion, Paul IRL
74 Aiken, Roger IRL
75 Lacey, Sean IRL
76 Concannon, Miceal IRL
77 O’Sullivan, Stephen IRL

Karpin Galicia Cycling Team
Manager: Jesus Blanco Villar
81 Troncoso Sobrino, Ramon ESP
82 Rabunal Rios, Gonzalo ESP
83 Mouron Doldan, Juan Francisco ESP
84 Fernandez Cruz, Delio ESP
85 Fernandez Sainz, Alberto ESP
86 Abal Diego, David ESP
87 Paleo Mosquera, Alejandro ESP

SouthAustralia.com/AIS
Manager: Brian Stephens
91 Clarke, Simon AUS
92 Sulzberger, Wesley AUS
93 Meyer, Travis AUS
94 Walker, Johnnie AUS
95 Semple, Adam AUS
96 King, Matt AUS
97 Dempster, Zakkari AUS

Rabobank
Manager: Piet Kuijs
101 Aernouts, Bart BEL
102 Adams, Joeri BEL
103 Berkhout, Thomas NED
104 Van Poppel, Boy NED
105 Sinkeldam, Ramon NED
106 Rabou, Thomas NED
107 Van Staeyen, Michael NED

MTN Energade
Manager: Kandice Buys
111 McDonald, Neil RSA
112 George, David RSA
113 Woolcock, Waylon RSA
114 Thomson, Jay RSA
115 Potgieter, Bradley RSA
116 Evans, Kevin RSA
117 van Heerden, Juan RSA

Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk
Manager: John Herety
121 Downing, Dean GBR
122 House, Kristian GBR
123 Greenwood, Ben GBR
124 Partridge, Rob GBR
125 Briggs, Graham GBR
126 Appleby, Dale GBR
127 Holt, Simon GBR

Pinarello CandiTV
Manager : Phil Griffiths
131 Downing, Russell GBR
132 Elliott, Malcom GBR
133 Roche, Andy IRL
134 Davis, Lee GBR
135 Murray, Tom GBR
136 Williams, Peter GBR
137 Kipling, Mathew GBR

Joker Bianchi Team
Manager: Gino Van Oudenhove
141 Kristoff, Alexander NOR
142 Nordhaug, Lars Petter NOR
143 Stokstad, Ingar NOR
144 Bohler, Joachim NOR
145 Vold, Sven Erik NOR
146 Willman, Frederik NOR
147 Sommerseth, Stian NOR

Pezula
Manager: Brian O’Loughlin
151 O’Loughlin, David IRE
152 Power, Ciaran IRE
153 Page, Kieran GBR
154 Jennings, Cameron AUS
155 Wetterhall, Alex SWE
156 Ericsson, Fredrik SWE
157 Irvine, Martyn IRL

RELATED LINK
Tour of Ireland preview – includes stage list and route map