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Team RadioShack was a professional road bicycle racing team, with RadioShack as the title sponsor, the creation of which was announced on July 23, 2009. Lance Armstrong co-owned and led the team, which raced in the Grand Tours and the UCI ProTour. The team was managed by Capital Sports and Entertainment, an Austin, Texas sports and event management group that also manages the Trek-Livestrong U23 development cycling team and that ran the former Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team.[2]

Team RadioShack
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Team information
UCI codeRSH[1]
RegisteredUnited States
Founded2009 (2009)
Disbanded2011
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI ProTeam
BicyclesTrek
Key personnel
General managerJohan Bruyneel
Team manager(s)Dirk Demol
Team RadioShack jersey
Jersey

Johan Bruyneel was Team RadioShack's initial overall manager[3] and Dirk Demol is the directeur sportif.[4][5] Former Discovery Channel cyclists Viatcheslav Ekimov from Russia and José Azevedo from Portugal was also part of the managerial squad.[3][6] Armstrong said that the team would promote the Livestrong anti-cancer campaigns of his Lance Armstrong Foundation, and will also be sponsored by Trek Bicycle Corporation, SRAM Corporation and Nike, Inc. sportswear.[7][8][9]

The team ceased to exist in its current structure from the end of the 2011 season as Radioshack returned their World Tour Licence to the UCI. Their two main sponsors, RadioShack and Nissan, moved their sponsorship to Team Leopard Trek. Sporting Director Johan Bruyneel moved to the newly named RadioShack-Nissan team along with several of the current Radioshack riders. While effectively a merge, there is some debate between the two teams as to the nature of the agreement. Radioshack described it as a merge,[10] while Flavio Becca, owner of Leopard Trek stated that his team was continuing, and simply taking over Radioshacks sponsors, and some of their riders.[11] The new team was registered in Luxembourg with the UCI.

Team historyEdit

2010Edit

On November 25, 2009, The UCI ProTour Council (UPTC) announced that the team was successfully registered for the 2010 season [12] The team's final 2010 team roster includes 26 riders from 16 countries,[3] after Japanese rider Fumiyuki Beppu joined in February.[13][14] Demol and twelve of the riders were previously with the Kazakh team Astana in the UCI ProTour, including eight of the team's nine riders on the winning team in the 2009 Tour de France. In April 2010 Li Fuyu was suspended by the team after failing a doping test.[15]

The team had planned on racing in the 2010 Tour de France and the 2010 Vuelta a España, among other races, but it controversially was not invited to the Vuelta.[16] Team RadioShack went on to achieve the team victory of the 2010 Tour de France, while leading the team classification after about half its stages. It was the second time that an American team had won the team classification, preceded by Discovery Channel in 2007. After the Tour de France, the team promoted Taylor Phinney and Jesse Sergent from the Trek-Livestrong U23 team and Clinton Avery from the PWS Eijssen team to the RadioShack roster as "stagiaires" ("trainees" in French) for the remainder of the season.[17]

2011Edit

The 2011 season for Team RadioShack began in January at the Tour Down Under, and ended in October with Robbie McEwen's participation in the Noosa Grand Prix. As a UCI ProTeam, they were automatically invited and obligated to send a squad to every event in the UCI World Tour.

While the team had 28 wins in 2011, and showed well enough to briefly be the leading team in the UCI World Tour rankings, they were nearly invisible in the Grand Tours, the races which have defined manager Johan Bruyneel's managerial career. A Tour de France besieged by crashes and injuries led to Haimar Zubeldia in 15th place being their best finisher, the worst showing for a Bruyneel-led team at the Tour in five years. The team's principal successes were the three major stage races in the United States, the Tour of California, the Tour of Utah, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Team RadioShack fielded the overall winner in all three events, Chris Horner in California and Levi Leipheimer in Utah and Colorado. The team also won seven other stage races, easily the most of any major team on the season.

2011 team rosterEdit

As at December 31, 2011.

Rider Date of birth
  Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN) (1983-04-10)April 10, 1983 (aged 28)
  Sam Bewley (NZL) (1987-07-22)July 22, 1987 (aged 24)
  Janez Brajkovič (SLO) (1983-12-18)December 18, 1983 (aged 28)
  Matthew Busche (USA) (1985-05-09)May 9, 1985 (aged 26)
  Manuel Cardoso (POR) (1983-04-07)April 7, 1983 (aged 28)
  Philip Deignan (IRE) (1983-09-07)September 7, 1983 (aged 28)
  Ben Hermans (BEL) (1986-06-08)June 8, 1986 (aged 25)
  Chris Horner (USA) (1971-11-10)November 10, 1971 (aged 40)
  Robert Hunter (RSA) (1977-04-22)April 22, 1977 (aged 34)
  Ben King (USA) (1989-03-22)March 22, 1989 (aged 22)
  Andreas Klöden (GER) (1975-06-22)June 22, 1975 (aged 36)
  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) (1990-06-02)June 2, 1990 (aged 21)
  Markel Irizar (ESP) (1980-02-05)February 5, 1980 (aged 31)
  Levi Leipheimer (USA) (1973-10-24)October 24, 1973 (aged 38)
Rider Date of birth
  Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA) (1981-06-30)June 30, 1981 (aged 30)
  Tiago Machado (POR) (1985-10-18)October 18, 1985 (aged 26)
  Jason McCartney (USA) (1973-09-03)September 3, 1973 (aged 38)
  Robbie McEwen (AUS) (1972-06-24)June 24, 1972 (aged 39)
  Dmitriy Muravyev (KAZ) (1979-11-02)November 2, 1979 (aged 32)
  Nelson Oliveira (POR) (1989-03-06)March 6, 1989 (aged 22)
  Sérgio Paulinho (POR) (1980-03-26)March 26, 1980 (aged 31)
  Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) (1980-01-04)January 4, 1980 (aged 31)
  Grégory Rast (SUI) (1980-01-17)January 17, 1980 (aged 31)
  Sébastien Rosseler (BEL) (1981-07-15)July 15, 1981 (aged 30)
  Ivan Rovny (RUS) (1987-09-30)September 30, 1987 (aged 24)
  Bjørn Selander (USA) (1988-01-28)January 28, 1988 (aged 23)
  Jesse Sergent (NZL) (1988-07-08)July 8, 1988 (aged 23)
  Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) (1977-04-01)April 1, 1977 (aged 34)

2012 Bontrager-Livestrong U23 team rosterEdit

As of December 31, 2012.[18][19]

Rider Date of birth
  Joshua Atkins (NZL) (1992-06-28)June 28, 1992 (aged 20)
  Ian Boswell (USA) (1991-02-07)February 7, 1991 (aged 21)
  Nathan Brown (USA) (1991-07-07)July 7, 1991 (aged 21)
  Lawson Craddock (USA) (1992-02-20)February 20, 1992 (aged 20)
  Jasper De Buyst (BEL) (1993-11-24)November 24, 1993 (aged 19)
Rider Date of birth
  Joseph Dombrowski (USA) (1991-05-12)May 12, 1991 (aged 21)
  Ryan Eastman (USA) (1992-07-28)July 28, 1992 (aged 20)
  Gavin Mannion (USA) (1991-08-24)August 24, 1991 (aged 21)
  Conor O'Leary (USA) (1991-01-01)January 1, 1991 (aged 21)
  Dale Parker (AUS) (1992-05-12)May 12, 1992 (aged 20)
  Jasper Stuyven (BEL) (1992-04-17)April 17, 1992 (aged 20)

List of winsEdit

2010
Stage 4 Volta ao Algarve, Sebastien Rosseler
  Portuguese rider classification, Tiago Machado
  Teams classification
  Teams classification Giro di Sardegna
  Youth classification Critérium International, Tiago Machado
  Teams classification
Stage 2b Circuit de la Sarthe, Tiago Machado
Overall   Tour of the Basque Country, Chris Horner
Stage 6, Chris Horner
De Brabantse Pijl, Sebastien Rosseler
  Teams classification, Vuelta a Castilla y León
  Teams classification, Tour de Romandie
Overall   Tour Of The Gila, Levi Leipheimer
Stage 1, Levi Leipheimer
Stage 5 Tour of Belgium, Ben Hermans
  Teams classification Tour de Luxembourg
Overall   Critérium du Dauphiné, Janez Brajkovič
Stage 4, Janez Brajkovič
  Teams classification Tour of Austria
  Teams classification Tour de France
Stage 10, Sergio Paulinho
Overall   Tour de L'ain, Haimar Zubeldia
Prologue, Haimar Zubeldia
Overall   Tour Of Utah, Levi Leipheimer
Prologue, Taylor Phinney
Stage 3, Levi Leipheimer
Stage 4 Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Markel Irizar
Prologue Tour de l'Avenir, Taylor Phinney
Leadville Trail 100 MTB, Levi Leipheimer
  United States National Time Trial championships, Taylor Phinney
World U23 Road Race championships, Taylor Phinney
2011
Trofeo Inca-inca, Ben Hermans
Tour De Mumbai II, Robbie Hunter
Overall   Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta ciclista del Sol, Markel Irizar
Overall   Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, Jesse Sergent
Prologue Jesse Sergent
Stage 5 Paris–Nice, Andréas Klöden
Stage 4 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Manuel Cardoso
Stage 3 Critérium International, Andréas Klöden
Overall   Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Sebastien Rosseler
Overall   Tour of the Basque Country, Andréas Klöden
Stage 1 Giro del Trentino, Andréas Klöden
Overall   Amgen Tour of California, Chris Horner
Stage 4, Chris Horner
Stage 7, Levi Leipheimer
  United States National Road Race championships, Matthew Busche
  Japan National Time Trial championships, Fumiyuki Beppu
Overall Tour de Suisse, Levi Leipheimer
  Portugal National Time Trial championships, Nelson Oliveira
  Japan National Road Racec championships, Fumiyuki Beppu
  Slovenia National Time Trial championships, Janez Brajkovič
Stage 1 Tour of Austria, Robert Hunter
Stage 4 Tour De Wallonie, Robbie McEwen
Stage 5 Eneco Tour, Jesse Sergent
Overall  Tour Of Utah, Levi Leipheimer
Overall   USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Levi Leipheimer
Stages 1 & 3, Levi Leipheimer
Overall   Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Jesse Sergent
Stage 4, Jesse Sergent
Overall   Tour de Wallonie-Picarde, Robbie McEwen
Stages 1 & 4, Robbie McEwen

National championshipsEdit

2010
  USA Road Race Ben King
  USA Time Trial Taylor Phinney
  U23 World Road Race Taylor Phinney
2011
  Japan Road Race Fumiyuki Beppu
  Japan Time Trial Fumiyuki Beppu
  USA Road Race Matthew Busche
  Slovenia Time Trial Janez Brajkovič
  Portugal Time Trial Nelson Oliveira

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UCI WorldTour". Uciprotour.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  2. ^ "Armstrong to launch new US team". BBC Sport. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  3. ^ a b c CyclingNews.com. "Team RadioShack finalizes 2010 roster", Cycling News, 2009-11-23. Retrieved on 2009-12-23.
  4. ^ [1] Archived August 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Armstrong brings Classics riders to RadioShack". Cycling News. August 25, 2009.
  6. ^ "José Azevedo dirige Armstrong na Austrália". A Bola. January 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Richard Tyler. "Radio Shack Joins Forces With Livestrong". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  8. ^ [2] Archived July 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Armstrong, RadioShack form team for '10 Tour - Tour de France- NBC Sports". Nbcsports.msnbc.com. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  10. ^ "RadioShack Nissan Trek Cycling Super Team Links Top Riders and Sponsors | Team Radioshack". Livestrong.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  11. ^ "Becca Confirms Nygaard's Departure From Leopard Trek". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  12. ^ "UCI Registers Seventeen ProTour Teams For 2010". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  13. ^ Tyler, Richard. "RadioShack leave Beppu matter to Skil-Shimano", Cycling News, 2009-11-25. Retrieved on 2009-12-23.
  14. ^ Skil-Shimano terminates contract with Beppu
  15. ^ Radioshack suspends Li after doping positive
  16. ^ Press Release: Team Manager Johan Bruyneel Stunned over Team RadioShack's Non-Invite to the Vuelta, 14 June 2010, retrieved 2010-06-16
  17. ^ Vaughn Trevi (2010-07-30). "Stagiaire roundup, 30 July 2010". Daily Peloton. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
  18. ^ "Bontrager Livestrong Team (TLS) - USA". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  19. ^ "USA Cycling announces American UCI-registered Continental Teams". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. December 12, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2012.

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