As the present Leopard-Trek team and RadioShack are going to merge, a new "super-team" will be created. It will include a number of top riders like Fabian Cancellara and the Schleck brothers, but also Chris Horner and Andreas Klöden. Jan Bakelants and Maxime Monfort are some of the Belgians in the team, but they will have to work for other riders and probably won't enjoy a protected status.
Last week, it was announced that West-Fleming Johan Bruyneel will try to steer the new team to success as the new team manager. Johan Bruyneel has a lot of experience and is known as a tactical expert. In the past, he won the Tour de France 7 times with Lance Armstrong.
Next year, it will be his biggest challenge to help Andy Schleck finally win the Tour de France. Schleck's main challengers will be Alberto Contador (SaxoBank) and Cadel Evans (BMC).
"Andy is one of the most talented riders in the peloton", Bruyneel told Het Nieuwsblad. "We will make a few adjustments and this combined with the fact that he will be part of an even stronger team, will considerably increase his chances to be on the highest stage in Paris."