Two more teams have been added to this year’s Tour of Ireland race, with Team Slipstream and both travelling to Kilkenny in August for the start of the five-day stage race.

‘We have got two interesting teams from different parts of the world that add another dimension to the race,’ said event organiser Alan Rushton.

‘Team Slipstream is a new US-based pro continental team who are just starting to come to the fore.

‘The team had its first UCI stage win last week in the Tour de Beauce in Canada when Ian MacGregor won the stage into Quebec and Danny Pate was third overall.’

Team Slipstream is managed by former professional Jonathan Vaughters, who helped Lance Armstong win his first Tour de France with the US Postal team in 1999.

The talented climber also won two stages of the Dauphine Libere in 1999 and 2000, both on the torturous Mont Ventoux. is one of Britain's top teams led by world and Olympic medallist Chris Newton.

‘Newton will head up the challenge,’ continued Rushton.

‘Of course he is already well known in Ireland after his double victory in the FBD Insurance Rás in 2003 and 2005.’