Trek set to take over RadioShack-Leopard WorldTour licence?

Flavio Becca set to sell licence, say reports, which add there'll be no place in team for Fränk Schleck

by Simon_MacMichael   June 5, 2013  

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Trek will reportedly take over RadioShack Leopard’s WorldTour licence, currently held by Luxembourg-based businessman Flavio Becca through his Leopard SA company. According to Luxembourg newspaper Tagelblatt, the US-based bicycle brand, which supplies the team’s bikes, will assume the licence from 2014 onwards, but there will be no place for Fränk Schleck.

The 33-year-old is banned until July after testing positive for the diuretic Xipamide during last year’s Tour de France, and reportedly will not be rejoining RadioShack-Loepard.

Staying at the team for 2014, says Tageblatt, are its other two star riders, Andy Schleck, under contract till the end of that year, and Fabian Cancellara, the latter having previously been linked with a move to Swiss Professional Continental outfit, IAM Cycling.

Trek’s management is said to want to build on the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix champion’s expertise in the Classics and as team captain, Cancellara will have an influence on its direction and priorities.

Making its debut in 2010 as Leopard Trek, the team was merged with RadioShack Nissan, also supplied by Trek, at the end of the 2011 season.

Besides Fränk Schleck’s ban, the team has also had to deal with the fallout of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

The Texan rode with RadioShack during 2010 and early 2011, and his former manager at US Postal and Astana, Johan Bruyneel, was sacked by RadioShack Leopard last year following publication of the United States Anti Doping Agency’s Reasoned Decision in the Armstrong case.

Nissan announced last December it was terminating its sponsorship, removing its branding but continuing to honour financial commitments through to the end of the current season.

RadioShack revealed in March that it would not be extending its sponsorship beyond the end of 2013.

Should the report prove accurate, Trek will join Cannondale and BMC Racing as bike brands that act as headline sponsor to a top-flight team without a co-sponsor appearing in the name.

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Can't see the rumour about Trek being new bike supplier for Team sky being true then.

posted by Super Domestique [1599 posts]
5th June 2013 - 11:45

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wonder how Andy Schleck will deal with no brother ???

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [698 posts]
5th June 2013 - 13:00

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Andy Schleck - star rider? I love the lad, but really he's not been anywhere for over a year. A star would prove how good he is, and Andy really has a lot to show that he can handle that responsibility.

Unlike Fabian Cancellara, who I think is brilliant. With a line up like this, it appears that Trek just want to win the Spring classics, obviously Smile

posted by Not KOM [79 posts]
5th June 2013 - 13:44

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Lance Armstrong Surprise

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posted by Municipal Waste [190 posts]
6th June 2013 - 19:37

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