For your information, here’s the text of this afternoon’s press release regarding Leopard, Radio Shack, Trek, and Nissan. We’ll post some of our own thoughts on the announcement soon.
“Luxembourg-based team Leopard-Trek is proud to welcome RadioShack and Nissan as new main sponsors.
Leopard announces that RadioShack and Nissan are joining the Leopard-Trek World Tour Team as sponsors for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Leopard will continue to hold its existing UCI World Tour License. The team will be rebranded as RadioShack-Nissan- Trek Professional Cycling Team as of next year.
Team Leopard owner Flavio Becca comments: “As we stated in January, 2011 would be our apprentice-year. We intend to improve upon our results. In modern cycling you cannot move forward without strong sponsors. It is in this respect that today is a further milestone in the development of this exciting young project, which has gained the trust of two well-established players in the world of professional cycling. 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.”
The team will continue to call Luxembourg its home.
Time trial World Champion Fabian Cancellara as well as Tour de France runners-up Andy and Frank Schleck will continue to lead the team in its ambitious plans for the seasons 2012 and 2013. They will be joined by Tour of California Champion Chris Horner, two-time Tour de France runner-up Andreas Kloden, and National Champions Matthew Busche, Jani Brajkovic, Nelson Oliveira and Robert Wagner. The final line-up will be announced in due time.”