Leopard-Saxo Bank rivalry already hot

Bjarne Riis and Andy Schleck

With one week before the season starts at the Tour Down Under, the rivalry between Bjarne Riis and his former employees is already red hot. There is good reason, nearly a quarter of Riis' Saxo Bank team jumped ship to join Leopard-Trek.

Riis' former key helpers, Brian Nygaard and Kim Andersen, led the exodus.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.