Seven overseas teams have been confirmed for this year’s An Post Rás, which begins in less than four weeks

The Britain Rapha Condor JLT outfit and the Great Britain Development Squad are the sixth and seventh teams to confirm thus far, joining the previously announced squads Czech AC Sparta Praha, Denmark Blue Water, Germany Bike Aid, Austria Gebruder Weiss and the Canadian National team.

The Britain Rapha Condor JLT team is very well known on the race, having won the event in 2009 with Simon Richardson.

Team manager John Herety has guided several riders to overall victory in the past and the former professional is very experienced in the style of racing the Rás requires.

Last year Richard Handley finished fifth overall. He was also the winner in the Irish Sports Council best under 23 rider classification with his team-mate Chris Jennings, fourth. The squad was an impressive third in the international team classification.

This time round, Herety is again ambitious as will the returning Handley.

He said: "We will target stages to start with, and then look at the general classification after four days of racing.

"Rich Handley and Mike Cuming will be the leaders."