The three-day Tour of Ireland will get underway from Powerscourt tomorrow with arguably its finest field yet.

Two of the sport’s biggest stars, Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish, will certainly draw the crowds but, in the likes of defending champion Marco Pinotti, Stuart O’Grady, Matti Breschel and Yaroslav Popovych, the race can also boast several other big-name attractions.

Alongside Tour star Cavendish, the best of British talent is also here, from experienced European-based riders such as Roger Hammond and Jeremy Hunt to main players in British domestic racing like Russell Downing, Kristian House and Ian Wilkinson.

Cycling Weekly will be covering the Tour of Ireland in full.

Astana

Manager: Johan Bruyneel

Armstrong, Lance USA

Brajkovic, Janez SLO

Hernández, Jesús ESP

Schar, Michael SUI

Popovych, Yaroslav UKR

Rubiera, Jose Luis ESP

Zubeldia, Haimar ESP



Team Columbia-HTC

Manager: Brian Holm

Pinotti, Marco ITA

Cavendish, Mark GBR

Eisel, Bernhard AUT

Lewis, Craig USA

Rabon, Frantisek CZE

Reynes Mimo, Vicente ESP

Possoni, Morris ITA



Irish National Team

Manager: Tim Barry

McCann, David IRL

Bennett, Sam IRL

Downey, Sean IRL

Lavery, Philip IRL

Griffin, Paul IRL

Healion, Paul IRL

Irvine, Martyn IRL



An Post – Sean Kelly Team

Manager: Kurt Bogaerts

Eeckhout, Niko BEL

Lisabeth, Kenny BEL

Cassidy, Mark IRL

Mc Laughlin, Ronan IRL

Peeters, Jef BEL

Van Vooren, Steven BEL

De Schrooder, Benny BEL



Saxo Bank

Manager: Dan Frost

O’Grady Stuart AUS

Fuglsang, Jakob DEN

McCartney, Jason USA

Kroon, Karsten NED

Arvesen, Kurt Asle NOR

Breschel, Matti DEN

Kolobnev, Alexander RUS



Cervelo Test Team

Manager: Jens Zemke

Deignan, Philip IRE

Appollonio, Davide ITA

Rasch, Gabriel NOR

Hammond, Roger GBR

Hunt, Jeremy GBR

Lloyd, Daniel GBR

Reimer, Martin GER



Rapha Condor

Manager: John Herety

House, Kristian GBR

Newton, Christopher GBR

Lapthorne, Darren AUS

Southam, Tom GBR

Richardson, Simon GBR

Craven, Dan NAM

Downing, Dean GBR



CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta

Manager: Phil Griffiths

Downing, Russ GBR

Elliott, Malcolm GBR

Briggs, Graham GBR

Sampson, James GBR

Williams, Peter GBR

Appleby, Dan GBR

Roche, Andrew IRL



Australian National Team

Manager: Brian Stephens

Bobridge, Jack AUS

Howard, Leigh AUS

Meyer, Travis AUS

Matthews, Michael AUS

O’Brien, Mark AUS

Walker, Nicholas AUS

Roe, Timothy AUS



Joker-Bianchi

Manager: Gino Van Oudenhove

Kristoff, Alexander NOR

Willman, Frederik NOR

Remme, Stian NOR

Vold, Sven Erik NOR

Nordhaug, Lars Petter NOR

Haavardsholm, Ole NOR

Stake Laengen, Vegard NOR



Rabobank

Manager: Nico Verhoeven

Bol, Jeste NED

Keizer, Martijn NED

Kruijswijk, Steven NED

Sinkeldam, Ramon NED

Van Staeyen, Michael BEL

Van Winden, Dennis NED

Vrijmoed, Maurice NED



BMC Racing

Manager: John Lelangue

Frank, Mathias SUI

Frei, Thomas SUI

Stewart, Jackson USA

Stalder, Florian SUI

Kohler, Martin SUI

Wyss, Danilo SUI

Cruz, Antonio USA



ISD-Neri

Manager: Bogdan Bondariev

Grivko, Andrey UKR

Abakoumov, Igor UKR

Kostyuk, Denys UKR

De Negri, Pierpaolo ITA

Kvachuk, Denys UKR

Huzarsky, Bartosz POL

Matveyev, Sergey UKR

MTN Energade

Manager: Douglas Ryder

Mcleod, Ian RSA

Thomson, Jay RSA

Van Heerden, Juan RSA

Van Heerden, Christoff RSA

Potgieter, Bradley RSA

Nlyonshuti, Adrien RWA

TBC



Team Type 1

Manager: Vassili Davidenko

Creed, Michael USA

Hanson, Keneth USA

Milne, Shawn USA

Kobzarenko, Valeriy UKR

Ilsesic Aldo, Ino SLO

Wilson, Matt AUS

Calabria, Fabio AUS



Team Halfords-Bikehut

Manager: Keith Lambert

Hayles, Robert GBR

Clancy, Edward GBR

McNally, Mark GBR

Partridge, Robert GBR

Tennant, Andrew GBR

Wilkinson, Ian GBR

Bibby, Ian GBR

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