T-Mobile will be sending a squad to the inaugural Tour of Ireland race, to be held at the end of August. The ProTour team, which supports Manx sprinter Mark Cavendish, who put his stamp on his first year as a pro by winning two stages of the Volta a Catalunya in Spain last month and Brit Roger Hammond won't solidify their roster for the race until August, but it is hoped that both will be selected for the Irish five-day tour which runs from the 22nd to 26th.
Event organiser Alan Rushton is delighted to have T-Mobile on the inaugural tour. "It’s great to have the team on board," said Rushton, "They have a real focus on teamwork and are famous for the pink train on the front of the peloton heading into town in the final kilometres as they set things up for the team sprinter."
Potential riders from T-Mobile for the Irish tour are Jakob Piil, Axel Merckx, Servais Knaven and triple world road time trial champion Michael Rogers.