Leopard-Trek confirm RadioShack merger
The Schleck brothers' Leopard-Trek team have confirmed that they will merge with RadioShack at the end of the season.
The team will also welcome Nissan on board as a main sponsor and will be called the "RadioShack-Nissan- Trek Professional Cycling Team."
They will continue to be based in Luxembourg.
Team Leopard owner Flavio Becca said: "As we stated in January, 2011 would be our apprentice-year. We intend to improve upon our results.
"As we stated in January, 2011 would be our apprentice-year. We intend to improve upon our results.
"I continue to believe in the bright future of our athletes and have high expectations for the performance of this team. This is a major strategic move for all partners involved."
No details were given on who would manage the team. Radioshack were managed by Belgian Johan Bruyneel, who masterminded Lance Armstrong's seven Tour titles and helped Spain's Alberto Contador to win the race twice, in 2007 and 2010.
Leopard-Trek were managed by Dane Brian Nygaard, a former press officer for Team Sky and Saxo Bank.
The new team is likely to be one of the strongest on the pro circuit with Leopard-Trek stars Andy and Franck Schleck and Fabien Cancellera now being placed on the same team as RadioShack aces such as Chris Horner and Andreas Kloden.
However, a combined total of 44 riders are under contract with Leopard and Radioshack. UCI rules state that an elite team can have only 28 riders under contract.