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    Team RadioShack finalizes 2010 roster

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team...es-2010-roster



    Team RadioShack roster for 2010

    Lance Armstrong (USA)
    Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn)
    Sam Bewley (NZl)
    Jani Brajkovic (Slo)
    Matthew Busche (USA)
    Ben Hermans (Bel)
    Chris Horner (USA)
    Daryl Impey (RSA)
    Markel Irizar (Spa)
    Andreas Klöden (Ger)
    Levi Leipheimer (USA)
    Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra)
    Fuyu Li (Chn)
    Tiago Machado (Por)
    Jason McCartney (USA)
    Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz)
    Sérgio Paulinho (Por)
    Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
    Gregory Rast (Swi)
    Sébastien Rosseler (Bel)
    Ivan Rovny (Rus)
    José Luis Rubiera (Spa)
    Bjorn Selander (USA)
    Gert Steegmans (Bel)
    Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)
    Haimar Zubeldia (Spa)
    Management

    Johan Bruyneel (Bel) - Sports manager
    Dirk Demol (Bel) - Sports director
    Alain Gallopin (Fra) - Sports director
    Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) - Sports director
    José Azevedo (Por) - Sports director

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    There's confusion over Beppu. Skil-Shimano says his contract with them still has a year to go, but TRS has confirmed that he's signed with them. But if he goes to TRS, I doubt he can make the TdF squad.

    I'm surprised that the two Spaniards on Astana (Rubeira and Zubeldia) joined TRS instead of staying with Contador and Astana. Won't be surprised if the TRS squad for TdF 2010 will be exactly the same as Astana 2009, just without Contador.

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    Rubeira has always ridden for Lance. Zubeldia prefers riding for Bruyneel than staying with Astana.

    Lot of good talent there, not just a bunch of domestiques for Lance. But no mistake, there are plenty of domestiques to take care of Lance. And Leipheimer. And Kloden.
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    Considering the uncertainty around Astana paying riders and getting their paperwork and licensing in order, I'm amazed that ANY riders have stayed with Astana.
    The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.

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    The inclusion of Steegmans was a bit weird? He is a pure sprinter and classics rider isn't he? Does that he most likely won't feature in the TdF for TRS?

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    TdF squad prediction:

    Lance Armstrong (USA)
    Jani Brajkovic (Slo)
    Chris Horner (USA)
    Andreas Klöden (Ger)
    Levi Leipheimer (USA)
    Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
    Gregory Rast (Swi)
    José Luis Rubiera (Spa)
    Haimar Zubeldia (Spa)


    Say, wasn't Muravyev the "designated Kazahk" this year? I guess he wasn't that bad since TRS hired him. Interesting that he didn't stay with Astana...
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    Quote Originally Posted by monosierra View Post
    I'm surprised that the two Spaniards on Astana (Rubeira and Zubeldia) joined TRS instead of staying with Contador and Astana.
    I never got the feeling they were in AC's camp at all. In fact, I'm not sure AC had a camp at Astana, and I see nothing to indicate it will be any different next year. Without the Armstrong spotlight it won't be so loud, but don't be surprised to hear the came type of kvetching all over again.

    Won't be surprised if the TRS squad for TdF 2010 will be exactly the same as Astana 2009, just without Contador.
    Me neither, though Muravyev is a question mark.
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    I like your squad prediction but think at least a couple of them won't make the Tour, for various reasons. Kloden may be the GC for the Giro, as Leipheimer and Armstrong will most likely ride the Tour of California. All three will probably split up for the Tour de Swiss, Tour du Romandie and Dauphine Liberere. I could see Paulinho, Vaitkus, Muravyev also making the squad for the TdF.

    Steegmans is the obvious choice for the Classics; he should be leading the team in the Spring. I'd like to see more out of this team in the Classics; Bruyneel teams in the past have always focused on stage races.

    I wish Contador good luck next year. Even as talented as he is, he'll need all the help he can get. I predict Astana's ability to protect Contador will be severely tested. Hopefully, Contador will keep his wits and not make mistakes.
    Quote Originally Posted by DMF View Post
    TdF squad prediction:

    Lance Armstrong (USA)
    Jani Brajkovic (Slo)
    Chris Horner (USA)
    Andreas Klöden (Ger)
    Levi Leipheimer (USA)
    Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
    Gregory Rast (Swi)
    José Luis Rubiera (Spa)
    Haimar Zubeldia (Spa)


    Say, wasn't Muravyev the "designated Kazahk" this year? I guess he wasn't that bad since TRS hired him. Interesting that he didn't stay with Astana...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    I predict Astana's ability to protect Contador will be severely tested. Hopefully, Contador will keep his wits and not make mistakes.
    Somewhere in Luxembourg two brothers have smiles on their faces. Contador with a weak team and a strong team with a lead rider they know they can beat in the mountains. I'm guessing the time trial bike is getting a lot of miles this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMF View Post
    TdF squad prediction:

    Lance Armstrong (USA)
    Jani Brajkovic (Slo)
    Chris Horner (USA)
    Andreas Klöden (Ger)
    Levi Leipheimer (USA)
    Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
    Gregory Rast (Swi)
    José Luis Rubiera (Spa)
    Haimar Zubeldia (Spa)
    ...
    Jeebus. What's the average age of this retirement home?
    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    Jeebus. What's the average age of this retirement home?
    You half wonder if they tried to talk Ekimov into racing instead of riding in the team car!

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    Oscar Pereiro says he is joining TRS in 2010.

    Edit: Cyclingnews says he's joining Astana to help Contador instead.
    Last edited by monosierra; 11-25-09 at 05:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzie Green View Post
    You half wonder if they tried to talk Ekimov into racing instead of riding in the team car!
    I heard they called up Phil Anderson but he turned them down.
    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    I predict Astana's ability to protect Contador will be severely tested. Hopefully, Contador will keep his wits and not make mistakes.
    I predict the 2010 TdF will be a great learning experience for Contador, especially in regards to humility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogwilco View Post
    I predict the 2010 TdF will be a great learning experience for Contador, especially in regards to humility.
    he's got Peirero to help him though .... the only recotnizable rider if Vinikourov isn;t racing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogwilco View Post
    I predict the 2010 TdF will be a great learning experience for Contador, especially in regards to humility.
    Unless there is a rider out there that can out TT or climb better than AC, you're dreaming. Teams are important, but I think it gets way overplayed. Separation is made on the big mountain top finishes and the TT. AC was clearly the dominant climber and TT'er, the individual disciplines that separate the great riders. With no TTT, the importance of a great overall team is even more diminushed. AC needs a decent team, but he doesn't need the strongest team because he is clearly the strongest rider.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.

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    Maybe, we'll see. My point wasn't necessarily that he's not going to win, but I would be very surprised if it won't be even harder for him than this year.

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    I think he's going to be more motivated than ever. I can see him attacking early on the big climbs. Building a big lead early and then marking any rival who tries a breakaway and going up the Col du Tourmalet. That's before he puts a nail in the coffin in the ITT. Its possible that Andy Schleck will improve to challenge on the climbs, but AC is also still a pretty young rider with upside to come. Assuming AC rides as well or is better than this year, the TdF will be a larger margin of victory for him next year. It is possible that a team like Columbia could blow apart the peloton on a flat stage again, but its hard to believe that AC would be caught in the mid-pack again. Even then he overcame that loss of time. Given no crashes or circumstances out of his control it is difficult to objectively predict that AC won't win again next year.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    Jeebus. What's the average age of this retirement home?
    ain't no lie. with the exception of brajkovic, that might be the oldest (on average) team ever.
    maybe they can buy out inigo cuesta's contract, add him and put the record out of reach.
    gotta believe that with their history of injuries, either horner or leipheimer or kloden will
    be unavailable for the tdf. would like to see vaitkus on the roster. rast did a nice, unsung job for astana
    last year.

    i'm hoping that bruyneel will let brajkovic ride the giro or vuelta and let him be the protected rider.
    after his "arrival" in the vuelta a couple of years back, he's been kinda quiet but with armstrong,
    kloden, zubeldia, leipheimer et al, there's not many crumbs left. since jani's shelving, some other
    young riders have emerged (ebh, lovkquist (sp?), tony martin, andy schleck, the liquigas duo...).
    here's hoping he jumps back into the frame with a vengeance.

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    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/...uperteams.html

    Based on this article, TRS' average age is 28.8 - not That old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monosierra View Post
    http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/...uperteams.html

    Based on this article, TRS' average age is 28.8 - not That old.
    Yeah, but you know they're commenting about the top guns on TRS. That average age is dragged down by some guys that won't be near the TdF roster.

    Outside of the Tour of California, I don't see to many wins for TRS. Built for trying to challenge in the TdF, but realistically the top brass are podium fillers at best. Steegmans will be very hard pressed to win a stage with the Columbia boys out there. TRS probably won't be going all out for the Classics either. I wonder who they'll send to the Giro, although I see one of the Liquigas boys winning it in 2010.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrionKhan View Post
    Yeah, but you know they're commenting about the top guns on TRS. That average age is dragged down by some guys that won't be near the TdF roster.

    Outside of the Tour of California, I don't see to many wins for TRS. Built for trying to challenge in the TdF, but realistically the top brass are podium fillers at best. Steegmans will be very hard pressed to win a stage with the Columbia boys out there. TRS probably won't be going all out for the Classics either. I wonder who they'll send to the Giro, although I see one of the Liquigas boys winning it in 2010.
    yes, sorry. i was commenting (and i think others were too) on DMF's projected tdf lineup-not the average age of the entire 25-man roster. there are either well-worn names or virtual unknowns on the team. bruyneel, ekimov & demol will have some youngsters to work with
    but it'll probably be left to demol & eki to develop them; bruyneel seems to like the tried & true riders vs. young guns and seems to prefer
    the vuelta instead of the giro. the giro experiment in 2009 was a moderate success but i don't expect the big cheeses to be there this year.
    it's always about the tdf and the vuelta gets way more attention from this group of riders/directors than the giro.

    on paper, trs has the decent makings of a classics roster with rast, vaitkus, horner, kloden, popovych,
    beppu (is he on or off the team?) and steegmans. not the best but certainly not the worst. popovych always
    struck me as more of a classics rider anyway with his frame and ability to bury himself for the team (leader)
    and his (occasional) breakaway power.

    leipheimer (or kloden) will likely get the nod for the giro leadership. brajkovic, leipheimer or kloden will likely
    be the gc rider for the vuelta. zubeldia may be too relegated (like popo) to being a super domestique. maybe
    they'll throw haimar a bone in one of the lesser stage races (romandie/switzerland/portugal/germany/austria/dauphine).

    i've always felt bad for kloden; generally relegated in gt's to supporting riders whom he was arguably stronger than (ullrich,
    vinokourov, et al) and still fininshing with a high placing. regardless of his alleged freiburg clinic dealings, he strikes me as a
    classy rider that deserves better. would like to see him race some of the one-days. seems like his all-around ability is tailor-
    made for some of the spring classics. those two losses on the line in the tdf (one to weening in 2005, the other to armstrong
    in 2004(?)) are kind of indicative of his luck-not enough.

    agree with orion khan; with the dynamic liquigas duo supported by pellizotti, it's their giro to lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
    i've always felt bad for kloden; generally relegated in gt's to supporting riders whom he was arguably stronger than (ullrich,
    vinokourov, et al) and still fininshing with a high placing. regardless of his alleged freiburg clinic dealings, he strikes me as a
    classy rider that deserves better. would like to see him race some of the one-days. seems like his all-around ability is tailor-
    made for some of the spring classics. those two losses on the line in the tdf (one to weening in 2005, the other to armstrong
    in 2004(?)) are kind of indicative of his luck-not enough.
    I recall Kloeden saying once that he has no desire to be a team leader. He's good but he doesn't want to spearhead a team's GC charge. A really quiet guy who just does his job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monosierra View Post
    I recall Kloeden saying once that he has no desire to be a team leader. He's good but he doesn't want to spearhead a team's GC charge. A really quiet guy who just does his job.
    Yeah, he's kinda selfless to a fault. But that's what separates the very good from the great one's. Ability and the giant ego to win.

    I'm curious about the end goal of TRS. Are they all about just winning the TdF? I think Lance believes he's got another shot at it. But what about the following year? Lance hangs it up to ride in the team car. Then what? I think LA and JB have visions of building a TdF powerhouse. But they don't have any strong young up and comers in the fold. I really think they misplayed the Contador relationship. Sure he might be brash or sensitive or whatever. But you can't deny he is a great grand tour rider. His name very well could be up there with the great ones when its said and done. Seems like LA and JB let their egos get in the way, thinking they don't need AC to win. Well, they're still going to have to beat the guy. And if Andy Schleck improves his TT riding, TRS has no shot at beating him either. Sure TRS will get a lot of media attention, but will they be happy with a podium or top ten spot?

    Perhaps they're (LA and JB) plan is to hopefully develop a top American rider down the road.

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