The Tour of Ireland received another boost with the announcement that Team CSC riders Andy and Fränk Schleck will both be travelling to the inaugural event.
22 year-old Andy has enjoyed his best year in 2007 when he impressed many by finishing second overall to Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) in the Giro D'Italia and won the best young rider classification. The talented Luxemburger finished third on three tough stages in Italy.
27 year-old brother Fränk has the Amstel Gold Race and the L'Alpe d'Huez stage of the Tour de France in his palmarès.
The Failte Ireland sponsored five-day race runs from August 22 to 26, covering 864 kilometres of Irish roads. Starting in Kilkenny, the race travels along some of the best of the Irish countryside in many counties before finishing in Dublin on a circuit based on Merrion Square.
Besides CSC, there will also be teams T-Mobile, Unibet.com, Colavita/Sutter Homes, Navigators and Slipstream-Chipotle.