Irish road race champion David O'Loughlin will head a strong Grant Thornton Irish National team for the FBD Insurance RÁS which starts in Dublin in less than three weeks time.

Cycling Ireland has confirmed O'Loughlin will lead a young but experienced national team in an attempt to gain control over many professional teams already booked for the Irish tour.

This year's FBD Insurance RÁS will begin in Dublin on May 21st and finish eight days and over 1200 kilometres later in Skerries on Sunday May 28th.

The world-ranking race will also feature exciting stage finishes in Enniscorthy, Cobh, An Daingean, Listowel, An Cheathru Rua, Westport and Clara.