Former World Track champion Martyn Irvine has come out of retirement to sign for Ireland's first Professional Continental cycling team - Aqua Blue Sport.

Irish riders Irvine, Matt Brammeier and Conor Dunne will join team leader Lars Petter Nordhaug in the Aqua Blue Sport squad for the 2017 season.

Irvine is also a former Irish Olympic cyclist, while Brammeier is a five-time Irish champion and Dunne a former Irish time trial champion.

The remaining riders will be confirmed in coming weeks.

Aqua Blue Sport's goal is to eventually participate at a World Tour level and compete in the Tour de France, but for now sights are firmly set on the 2017 Professional Continental season which so far includes Milan-San Remo, Amstel Gold and the Tour of Britain.

Irvine, who retired from the sport after failing to qualify for the Rio Olympics, said: "It took a really special offer to coax me out of retirement but the opportunity to compete at this level with an Irish backed team is something I couldn't pass up.

“Very few Irish athletes get the experience to ride at this level so I feel very lucky to be getting this opportunity and not just about competing but being part of what Rick is trying to achieve."