After months of speculation, it is now confirmed that Levi Leipheimer is joining Patrick Lefevere’s new super-team OmegaPharma-QuickStep. Despite a poor performance at the Tour de France this year, Leipheimer had a solid year with wins at the Tour de Suisse, USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, the Tour of Utah, and a stage and second-place overall at the Tour of California.
It’s not the first time that Leipheimer expatriated himself: he rode for Rabobank and Gerolsteiner in the past, and has shown consistent top-ten performances in the Grand Tours including a third place in the 2001 Vuelta, third place in the 2007 Tour de France, and second place in the 2008 Vuelta.
On the other hand, Lefevere has vacillated between harboring Grand Tour GC ambitions and swearing off on them. Mick Rogers, Jose Rujano, and even a reluctant Stijn Devolder had all failed Lefevere’s dreams. Could it be that this is all because of his failure to recruit Lance Armstrong as a GC hope in 1998? Will Leipheimer survive the weight of expectation in the super-team?
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