Returning a year after competing in the event, the Stevens Racing Team is the latest to be confirmed for the 2008 FBD Insurance Rás. The German squad thus joins previously-announced teams Iran Team Azad and Bulgaria's Team Nessebar in the 2.2-ranked Irish race, which begins in Navan on May 18th and finishes in Skerries eight stages later.
The 24-year-old René Birkenfeld and 26-year-old Johannes Sickmüller return after previous participation in the event. Both are former German national cyclo-cross champions and will be joined by Sascha Wagner, Yannik Teidt and the promising eighteen year old Ole Quast.
Several other international teams are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.