Leopard Trek no more

by nickobec   September 5, 2011  

Waiting for www.lequipe.fr website to match the story that is on page 13 today.

Leopard Trek to be subsumed by RadioShack.

Feillu, Wegmann, Rohregger, Mortensen, Pedersen, Stamsnijer, Pires, Lund, Vigano must find new teams.

Sources twitter @gilsimongil @cyclingfans

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posted by Gkam84 [8933 posts]
5th September 2011 - 7:36

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posted by nickobec [260 posts]
5th September 2011 - 9:24

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I suspect a story in L'Equipe is going to carry more weight than one on Bettor.com Wink

The Velonation story is from last week, L'Equipe from this morning - they acknowledge that LT have denied the rumours. t looks credible, although of course nothing's ever final till it's confirmed.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8230 posts]
5th September 2011 - 10:40

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At least it seems to rule out a move to LT for Cav Big Grin

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posted by andylul [412 posts]
5th September 2011 - 12:21

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Oh well, it is true then, think its strange they are still going to be based in Luxembourg? So Two big American sponsors and one Japanese, but based in Europe Thinking

Also, they have to shed some riders and will most teams filling up and with another merger and HTC folding, i'm thinking there are going to be a few riders looking for a new profession

So is this showing how companies feel about sponsoring cycling teams and events? i can see more pulling out over the next few years because of the way the whole cycling scene is set up

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posted by Gkam84 [8933 posts]
5th September 2011 - 21:03

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They were talking about the merge today during the La veulta. New for 2012 season

Leopard Trek, RadioShack and Nissan(?)

If that ride is important to you, you'll find a way to get it in!

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posted by road slapper [93 posts]
6th September 2011 - 20:12

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No Leopard anyone, its going to be

Radioshack-Nissan-Trek

Radioshack had been planning something for a while because they only have 13 riders under contract as of just now

There is talk about no room for Jens Voigt in there, Sky should go in and grab him just for his experience Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8933 posts]
6th September 2011 - 20:43

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Leopard is still the licence holder. And now they have more than just the bike sponsor, thay can drop that from the team name Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8230 posts]
6th September 2011 - 21:10

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But both teams still have pro license's Leopard till 2014 and Radioshack till 2013, so is it Leopards they will use?

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posted by Gkam84 [8933 posts]
6th September 2011 - 22:00

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Leopard's press release on Monday night said that the team will be racing under their license. So that frees up one for... GreenEdge? Europcar? Someone else?

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8230 posts]
7th September 2011 - 0:15

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Yeah that covers one loss to the pro teams

I started another topic, just seems like cycling might be starting a spiral downward??

http://road.cc/content/forum/43188-pro-teams-2012

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posted by Gkam84 [8933 posts]
7th September 2011 - 0:28

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I make that three licenses available, one from Quickstep/OLO, HTC and Radioshack. GreenEdge should get one, but I think that leaves two up for grabs between probably Europcar, Skil-Shimano and Geox.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
9th September 2011 - 10:47

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If Cobo wins the Vuelta i think Geox will be given one of the licence's which means Skil lose out.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2809 posts]
9th September 2011 - 12:02

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Potentially but Europcar aren't guaranteed one, Skil-Shimano has had some good results with Kittel this year so they have as much a chance as anyone. Europcar had a good TdF but I haven't heard of them doing much else all year.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
9th September 2011 - 12:13

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Don't forget, all these teams need new license's this year

Garmin-Cervélo
Quick Step - Omega Pharma-Lotto
Team Katusha
Saxo Bank-SunGard

Thats why i started another topic
http://road.cc/content/forum/43188-pro-teams-2012

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posted by Gkam84 [8933 posts]
9th September 2011 - 12:24

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