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Lance Armstrong signs Levi Leipheimer to Team Shack

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Levi Leipheimer, the US cyclist, will reunite with Lance Armstrong after signing for the seven-time Tour de France winner's new RadioShack sponsored team.
Leipheimer, 35, confirmed he will join his former US Postal Service and Astana team-mate for RadioShack's inaugural season as a professional team on Tuesday after cycling's transfer window opened.
On a busy day that saw BMC Racing sign Alessandro Ballan and George Hincapie,

the world and US road race champions respectively, the capture of Leipheimer will have come as a boost for Armstrong who was expected to sign Hincapie, his former US Postal domestique.
Leipheimer, who was forced out of this year's Tour with a broken wrist after a fall, expects to be joined by some familiar faces at RadioShack: "We will see a lot of riders from Astana come over and one or two faces from the Discovery team too.
"Not everyone [from Astana] will go to Radio Shack but a lot will and we won the team time trial [at the 2009 Tour]; it shows the strength of the team and if you have aspirations and dreams of winning the Tour then you need to be on a team that strong.
"There were other possibilities, but I've signed with the best team in the world, an American team that's going to sign more American riders."
He also confirmed that he will target next year's Tour of California, the Dauphiné Libéré and Tour de France, once the season starts in Jan 2010.
"Those are my three favourites races and top my objectives for next year," he said.
Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong's directeur sportif at US Postal, Discovery and Astana, is expected to leave his current post at the Kazakh team, despite having another year on his contract, and join RadioShack.
Bruyneel, who has managed a record nine Tour victories, is "a master at building the best teams," according to Armstrong who also said "he'll be there" next season before RadioShack makes its debut at the Tour Down Under on Jan 17.
Confirmed RadioShack riders: Lance Armstrong (US), Levi Leipheimer (US), José Luis Rubiera (Spa), Sergio Paulinho (Por), Grégory Rast (Sui), Sebastien Rosseler (Bel), Tomas Vaitkus (Lit).

 

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