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Team Type 1 sends seven to Ireland

The Team Type 1 crew chill out after a hard day racing.

The Team Type 1 crew chill out after a hard day racing. (Image credit: Glen Chadwick)

One of 16 total teams, Team Type 1 is headed to the Tour of Ireland for the three-day race that kicks off Friday south of Dublin and runs through Sunday, when it ends at the seaside port of Cork.

Australians Fabio Calabria and Matt Wilson, Americans Michael Creed, Ken Hanson and Shawn Milne, Ukranian Valeriy Kobzarenko and Slovenian Aldo Ino Ilesic will represent Team Type 1. Last year, Wilson earned the King of the Mountains title as the squad compiled six top-10 finishes. He also finished fourth in the general classification.

Team Type 1 Founder Phil Southerland, who will accompany the team to Ireland, said the squad's inclusion in the world-class field is yet another step toward Team Type 1's long-term goal of participating in the 2012 Tour de France.

This year, Team Type 1 has won 50 races and earned 107 podium finishes. The team will race in Ireland against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (Astana) and British sprint star Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC), who won six stages of this year's Tour de France.

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