Hours before the official team presentation, the name of the Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project has finally been revealed: Leopard-Trek, with the bike company stepping up as co-sponsor for Andy and Frank Schleck's new squad.
Interest in the sponsor's name has been high, given that with a questionmark hanging over Alberto Contador's immediate future, Andy Schleck is currently the key favourite or the 2011 Tour de France. And the same will go for Schleck's team-mate Fabian Cancellara, in the Spring Classics and virtually any time trial he feels like racing in.
Although the name of the team had been closely guarded, finally it has been leaked, with a website www.leopard-trek.com coming online today and announcing that the team launch will take place tonight (Thursday) at 8pm.
The team jersey is said to be light blue, white and red, which would link the team even more closely with its home country, Luxembourg. Around 5,000 people are expected in the launch this evening, which the new team website says has been sold out.
Team manager Brian Nygaard and his sports director Kim Andersen have brought across eight former Saxo Bank riders to form the core of the team, including the Schleck brothers, Cancellara, former Paris-Roubaix winner Stuart O'Grady and promising climber Jakob Fuglsang. Other top names include Italian sprinter Daniele Bennati and one-day specialist Wouter Weylandt.
Luxembourg Cycling Project: Riders
Fabian Cancellara (from Saxo Bank)
Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank)
Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
Davide Vigano (Sky)
Daniele Bennati (Liquigas-Doimo)
Giacomo Nizzolo (amateur)
Bruno Pires (Barbot)
Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank)
Maxime Monfort (HTC-Columbia)
Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step)
Dominic Klemme (Saxo Bank)
Fabian Wegmann (Milram)
Linus Gerdemann (Milram)
Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank)
Brice Feillu (Vacansoleil)
William Clarke (amateur)
Stefan Denifl (Cervélo TestTeam)
Stuart O'Grady (Saxo Bank)
Anders Lund (Saxo Bank)
Tom Stamsnijder (Rabobank)
Martin Mortensen (Vacansoleil)
Joost Posthuma (Rabobank)
Oliver Zaugg (Liquigas-Doimo)
December 14: Nygaard denies Leopard name for Luxembourg team
Cancellara to join Schlecks, confirms Team Luxembourg contract
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