RadioShack-Nissan-Trek finalise roster
RadioShack-Nissan-Trek have completed their roster for the upcoming 2012 season after the team had their WorldTour status confirmed by the UCI.
Thirty riders from 14 nations make up the diverse squad, an amalgamation of the 2011 teams Leopard-Trek and RadioShack.
The Schleck brothers, Andy and Franck, Fabian Cancellara and Andreas Klöden are among the big names on the roster.
The team's general manager Johan Bruyneel said: "I've never been one to shy away from challenges so when I was presented with this opportunity, I immediately saw the potential of the idea.
"We collectively decided it was a win-win partnership for all parties. After that, we became focused on putting together 30 riders, which was a tougher task than I've ever experienced in the past.
"Combining Team RadioShack riders that we made an agreement with for 2012, with existing Leopard Trek riders resulted in 42 riders, 12 over the maximum limit for WorldTour teams.
"We worked hard to ensure that every rider's contract was honoured and that each one had a place to ride in 2012; if not with RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, then with another professional cycling team.
"With the roster of 30 riders finalised, we can now spend all our time and effort in preparing this group for the challenges that lie ahead."
Jan Bakelants (Bel); Daniele Bennati (Ita); George Bennett (NZl); Matthew Busche (USA); Fabian Cancellara (Swi); Laurent Didier (Lux); Jakob Fuglsang (Den); Tony Gallopin (Fra); Linus Gerdemann (Ger); Ben Hermans (Bel); Chris Horner (USA); Markel Irizar (Spa); Ben King (USA); Andreas Klöden (Ger); Tiago Machado (Por); Maxime Monfort (Bel); Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita); Nelson Oliveira (Por); Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr); Joost Posthuma (Ned); Gregory Rast (Swi); Thomas Rohregger (Aut); Hayden Roulston (NZl); Andy Schleck (Lux); Fränk Schleck (Lux); Jesse Sergent (NZl); Jens Voigt (Ger); Robert Wagner (Ger); Oliver Zaugg (Swi); Haimar Zubeldia (Spa)