Ireland's Dan Martin will return to the Giro d'Italia next month after being named in Israel Start-Up Nation's eight-man squad for the Italian Grand Tour.

Six-time British time trial champion Alex Dowsett will line up alongside Martin, who will lead the team's general classification challenge in his first return to the Giro since an ill-fated - and very brief - participation in 2013.

Dowsett, 32, has a happier history with the race, and last year delivered his team's first ever Grand Tour stage victory on stage eight into Vieste, helping to secure himself a new contract in the process.

Martin has generally skipped the Giro to focus on the Tour de France every season, last taking part in 2013 when the race began in Belfast, although he crashed out in the opening team time trial, denied the opportunity to ride on Irish roads when the race reached Dublin on stage three.

Martin will enjoy the team leadership in Italy before heading to France where he is expected to play a support role in a race being targeted by team-mates Michael Woods and Chris Froome.

"This is a course that really suits me," Martin said. "I know that I'm stronger than I've ever been right now - both mentally and physically. My fourth place overall in the Vuelta last year was a big stepping stone to becoming more confident in doing well in the GC.

"Obviously, winning a stage is also a big goal. I have two in the Tour de France and two in the Vuelta a Espana and to complete the set of Grand Tour victories is a big ambition of mine."

The Giro begins in Turin on 8 May. Egan Bernal, winner of the 2019 Tour de France, is in line to lead the Ineos Grenadiers, with reigning champion Tao Geoghegan Hart instead eyeing the Tour, although the team has not yet formally announced its squad.