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Radioshack â Nissan Trek Announces 2012 Roster
Report by Alison Brownstein
LEOPARD s.a., the business behind the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK ProTeam, has announced the UCI License Commission has confirmed its registration for the 2012 RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK roster, according to Cycling News (CN).
In September 2011, LEOPARD s.a. announced that the team would have new management, sponsors and name in 2012. Following 3 full months of preparation, the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK roster for 2012 has been finalized and counts with 30 of the world’s top expert cyclists, hailing from 14 different nations. The group will be led by six group directors beneath the management and path of Common Manager Johan Bruyneel, CN reports.
LEOPARD s.a. President Flavio Becca is confident that the group will be very competitive in 2012, prolonging the string of excellent final results in 2011. “In our inaugural season we had several podium locations in the classics and Tour de France. Oliver Zaugg completed the season with a magnificent Tour of Lombardy victory and we secured 3rd spot in the UCI World Tour ranking. But like any proprietor, whether or not it is in business or sports, I am consistently searching for approaches to increase the group. Johan Bruyneel is a leader who has a proven record of unparalleled accomplishment. He maximizes talent, employs winning techniques and motivates riders and employees to attain greatness. I am confident that Johan is the best particular person for our group.”
Bruyneel has had a busy handful of months assembling the 2012 roster, writes CN. “I’ve in no way been one to shy away from problems so when I was presented with this possibility, I instantly saw the possible of the notion. We collectively decided it was a win-win partnership for all parties. Immediately after that, we became targeted on placing collectively 30 riders, which was a tougher job than I’ve ever experienced in the previous.
CN suggests that, with an impressive array of GC contenders in the group, Bruyneel will search to win an additional Tour de France title. “It is too early to choose the comprehensive Tour de France team, but I know we’ll have quite a few riders who can compete for the leading podium stage in Paris. Definitely Andy has come the closest, as he has finished second the previous 3 many years. I am excited to perform with him and FrÃ¤nk, two talented and profitable riders, who I think will continue to rise in the eyes of the cycling world.”
2011 Tour de France podium finisher FrÃ¤nk Schleck understands the value of a strong team, writes CN. “We have riders that can complete in the mountains, on the flats, in the sprints, in time-trials. When I look at all the names and believe about all the victories these riders have attained in the past, I can’t assist but be filled with excitement and optimism. Following only the 1st meeting in October, it was clear that this group is very motivated to obtain good results, not only at 1 race, but throughout the season. Our strength does not lie in any 1 person, but instead the collective team. I believe that is what will benefit us the most as we battle our rivals.”
CN also writes that Andreas KlÃ¶den, the two-time Tour de France runner-up, will enter his fifth season under the guidance of Bruyneel and is no stranger to sharing the leadership. “For me to continue with Johan was an simple decision. Besides the misfortune at the Tour, 2011 was one particular of my finest seasons with victories in numerous races.”
Also joining KlÃ¶den from Team RadioShack is the veteran American rider and 2011 Amgen Tour of California Champion Chris Horner, who tells CN “2011 had its highs and lows for me. Absolutely the crash at the Tour was the lowest point, but I also had a single of my profession highlights when I won the Amgen Tour of California. That was a extremely critical race not only for me, but also our sponsors and I imagine with our strong American ties that the target remains the identical in 2012. I might be forty years old, but I believe I have the excellent combination to achieve top rated final results – the enthusiasm of a neo-pro combined with the experiences of a seasoned rider.”
Fabian Cancellara is RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK’s undisputable captain for the a single-day races, says CY. Cancellara, 4-time World Time Trial Champion, will lead the team all through the Spring Campaign and aim for victory in his beloved races, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
Bruyneel, who has been productive in a lengthy list of stage races, but has only a single traditional victory in his thirteen year directing career, is excited about the prospective to add much more in 2012. “Fabian is a really special rider. His palmares reads like a cyclist’s dream – He’s won the Planet Time Trial Championships 4 instances, nationwide championships, an Olympic Gold Medal, Tour de France stages, worn the Yellow Jersey and then victories in Paris-Roubaix, Flanders, Milan-Sanremo. Right after all these achievements, some riders would drop determination, but Fabian has that winning drive that lies in all champions. I’m honored and excited to support develop upon all his success.”
RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK will collect in Calpe, Spain for a December education camp. The 2nd coaching camp will be held in January on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The team’s first race will be the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia from January 15-22, 2012.
Here’s the list for RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK 201230 riders, 14 nationalities
Jan Bakelants (BEL)Climber and Tour de l’Avenir winner.Daniele Bennati (ITA)51 specialist victories, such as ten Grand Tour stages.George Bennett (NZL)Tour of Wellington winner and as a stagiaire instrumental in Team RadioShack 2011 victories in Tour of Utah and USA Pro Cycling Challenge.Matthew Busche (USA)2011 USA Pro Champion.Fabian Cancellara (SUI)Olympic and four-time World TT Champion, National Road (2x) and TT (4x) Champion, winner of Paris-Roubaix (2x), Tour of Flanders, Milan-Sanremo, E3-Prijs Harelbeke (2x) and 9 Grand Tour stages. Overall winner Tirreno-Adriatico and Tours of Switzerland, Denmark and Oman.Laurent Didier (LUX)Podium placings in 2011 National Road and TT Championships.Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)Three-time All round winner Tour of Denmark, General winner Tour of Slovenia. 2010 National TT Champion. 2007 U23 World Champion Mountain Bike Cross Country.Tony Gallopin (FRA)2011 Coupe de France winner. Pro stage wins in Tours of Luxembourg and Limousin, U23 Paris-Tours winner and bronze medals at Junior Globe TT and Road Championships.Linus Gerdemann (GER)Stage winner (and yellow jersey) in Tour de France, General winner Tours of Luxembourg, Germany, Ain and Bayern.Ben Hermans (BEL)2011 silver medalist National TT Championships and winner Trofeo Inca. 2010 queen stage winner Tour of Belgium. 2004 Junior Nationwide TT champion.Chris Horner (USA)2011 Tour of California Champion, winner of 18 expert stage races.Markel Irizar (ESP)2011 Tour of Andalucia All round winner.Ben King (USA)2010 Nationwide Road Race Champion following winning in the identical year the U23 Road and Criterium Titles as nicely. 2007 Junior Nationwide Road and TT Champion.Andreas KlÃ¶den (GER)Two-time Tour de France runner-up and overall winner of Paris-Good, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour de Romandie and Tour of the Basque Nation (2x).Tiago Machado (POR)Nationwide TT Champion 2009 (elite) and 2006 (U23). 2007 U23 Nationwide Road Champion. Finished 10 instances in leading ten stage races in his two many years at Team RadioShack.Maxime Monfort (BEL)2009 Nationwide TT Champion. Overall winner Tour du Luxembourg. Extraordinary 6th location in 2011 Tour of Spain.Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA)Sprinter. 2011 stage winner Bayern Rundfahrt, beating Degenkolb and Boasson Hagen.Nelson Oliveira (POR)4-time and existing Nationwide TT Champion. Silver medal at U23 Planet TT Championship (2009) and U23 European Road Championship (2010)Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)Indispensable teammate in the mountains as well as classics specialist. White jersey Tour de France 2005, 3rd All round in Tour of Italy, 2001 U23 Planet Champion and U23 Paris-Roubaix winner.Joost Posthuma (NED)Overall winner Tour du Luxembourg, Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Tour of Andalucia, Sachsen Tour and stage winner Paris-Nice.Gregory Rast (SUI)3-time Nationwide Road Champion and 2007 Tour du Luxembourg winnerThomas Rohregger (AUT)Tour of Austria winner. Instrumental in 2011 Tour of Spain accomplishment of Monfort and Fuglsang.Hayden Roulston (NZL)Silver and bronze medalist 2008 Olympic Games (pursuit and team pursuit). 2011 and 2006 nationwide road champion.Andy Schleck (LUX)Three-time runner-up Tour de France (three-occasions stage winner (Morzine, Tourmalet and Galibier), runner-up Tour of Italy and winner LiÃ¨ge-Bastogne-LiÃ¨ge. National Road (2x) and TT Champion.FrÃ¤nk Schleck (LUX)3rd Overall 2011 Tour de France. Winner of Amstel Gold Race, Tour of Switzerland, Tour du Luxembourg, CritÃ©rium International and two Tour de France stages (Alpe d’Huez and Le Grand-Bornand). 3-time National Road Champion. 7 podium placings in classics.Jesse Sergent (NZL)In his initial year as pro rider General winner of the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen the Tour du Poitou-Charentes and the Eneco Tour TT. 2010 silver medalist of the Globe Pursuit Championships. Bronze medalist at the 2008 Summer season Olympics (team pursuit).Jens Voigt (GER)81 skilled victories, which includes 16 stage races like CritÃ©rium International (5x), Deutschland Tour (2x) and Tour of Poland. Winner of two stages in the Tour de France and one stage in the Tour of Italy.Robert Wagner (GER)2011 German national champion.Oliver Zaugg (SUI)2011 Tour of Lombardy winner. Instrumental in 2011 Tour of Spain success of Monfort and Fuglsang.Haimar Zubeldia (ESP)Finished in the top rated ten in four Grand Tours.
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