Team RadioShack, the squad created by seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, has released details of its rider roster for 2010.

The new ProTour outfit comprises of 26 riders from 16 different nations, and includes many of Armstrong’s loyal team-mates from a variety of the Texan’s former squads. It is headed up by former Astana, Discovery Channel and US Postal manager Johan Bruyneel.

“It is a well balanced team”, said Bruyneel in a press statement. “We have experienced riders – with some of them I worked already many years in my former teams – but we also have young talents who can develop in the perfect environment.” 

Needless to say, the team is setting its sights on the 2010 Tour de France, where Armstrong will be setting out to win his eighth edition of the race – as well put one over on former Astana team-mate and 2009 Tour winner Alberto Contador. The spat between Armstrong and Contador during and after the 2009 Tour has been widely documented, and it lead directly to the splitting of the financially troubled Astana team and the creation of RadioShack.

No less than 12 members of Team RadioShack were part of Astana in 2009.

“Our main goal will be the Tour de France and other stage races but I am confident that, with these riders, we can perform very well in the one-day races as well,” Bruyneel said. 

It’s not hard to see who Armstrong will be taking to the Tour – should RadioShack secure an invite to race. Andreas Klöden, Levi Leipheimer, Yaroslav Popovych, José Luis Rubiera and Haimar Zubeldia are all seasoned Tour riders and will undoubtedly be seen flanking Armstrong in the mountains in July.

RadioShack have also signed up Tom Boonen’s former QuickStep lead-out man and top sprinter in his own right, Gert Steegmans. If the Belgian is allowed some freedom at the Tour and a few riders to assist him in the bunch finishes, he could be mixing it up with Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo) in the chase for stage wins.

The squad will have its first official get-together in Tucson, Arizona, on December 8.

Team RadioShack 2010

Riders


Lance Armstrong (USA)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: 31

Fumiyuki Beppu (Japan)

Previous team: Skil-Shimano

World ranking 2009: N/A

Sam Bewley (New Zealand)

Previous team: Trek (NZ)

World ranking 2009: N/A

Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: 176

Matthew Busche (USA)

Previous team: Kelly Benefits Strategies

World ranking 2009: N/A

Ben Hermans (Belgium)

Previous team: Topsport Vlaanderen

World ranking 2009: N/A

Chris Horner (USA)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: N/A

Daryl Impey (South Africa)

Previous team: Barloworld

World ranking 2009: N/A

Markel Irizar (Spain)

Previous team: Euskaltel-Euskadi

World ranking 2009: N/A

Andreas Klöden (Germany)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: 13

Levi Leipheimer (USA)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: 63

Geoffroy Lequatre (France)

Previous team: Agritubel

World ranking 2009: N/A

Fuyu Li (China)

Previous team: Marco Polo

World ranking 2009: N/A

Tiago Machado (Portugal)

Previous team: Madeinox-Boavista

World ranking 2009: N/A

Jason McCartney (USA)

Previous team: Saxo Bank

World ranking 2009: N/A

Dmitriy Muravyev (Kazakhstan)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: N/A

Sérgio Paulinho (Portugal)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: N/A

Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: 139

Gregory Rast (Switzerland)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: 236

Sébastien Rosseler (Belgium)

Previous team: QuickStep

World ranking 2009: 267

Ivan Rovny (Russia)

Previous team: Katusha

World ranking 2009: N/A

José Luis Rubiera (Spain)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: N/A

Bjorn Selander (USA)

Previous team: Trek-Livestrong

World ranking 2009: N/A

Gert Steegmans (Belgium)

Previous team: Katusha

World ranking 2009: N/A

Tomas Vaitkus (Lithuania)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: N/A

Haimar Zubeldia (Spain)

Previous team: Astana

World ranking 2009: 44

Sports manager

Johan Bruyneel (Belgium)

Directeur Sportif

Dirk Demol (Belgium)

Alain Gallopin (France)

Viatcheslav Ekimov (Russia)

José Azevedo (Portugal)

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  • Daniel Tribble

    Lance, Levi, Popovych, Rubiera, and Kloden…. unstopable in any race that they enter. Lance go out and beat those b*****ds!!

  • Ian Trendell

    Interesting line up….the real question is will Lance be able to make it an 8th victory??
    Would be great to see, but not convinced Contador/Wiggins etc will make it that easy for him!!
    Would be great to see our Sky team kicking some butt and in amongst the leaders, here’s hoping.
    I know one thing i’ll be there next July in Paris the Sunday they all arrive, having cycled there myself for charity. Soooo looking forward to it, wanted to be there ever since i was a kid.
    Sponsor me at http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/ianlondon2paris

  • ken evans

    Dr Ferrari ??

  • Stephen Nightingale

    Not one Brit in the Radio Shack team. What have they got against Brits . . . or vice versa?

  • Graham Galpin

    Hmm, seems a strong team. Have Sky missed some tricks with their line up which frankly looks a a bit thin and delicate.