As 2009 draws to a close lots has been happening in the Pro road scene as teams confirm their lineups for the coming season. First of the bunch is the new Team Radioshack of Lance Armstrong who released a photo today of how the provisional Radioshack jersey will look.
According to Armstrong the final version will have a few tweaks and if the comments on Twitter are anything to go by that may be a few. The power of the Internet… Speaking of which as the new squad gets together for its first training session in America, they will have a new rider join them later this month.
The Fat Cyclist (aka Elden Nelson) has been blogging for years on all things cycling usually with a humorous twist. Tragically his wife, Susan, died of cancer earlier this year and using the site he has galvanised a huge fundraising campaign for Lance Armstrong’s cancer charity Livestrong, with considerable success. His most recent post met an unexpected response. In “An open cover letter to Johan Bruyneel“ he jokingly outlined his reasons why Radioshack should hire him as a rider. Bruyneel soon wrote back offering to bring him to Tucson to ride with the team if he met a fundraising target of $10,000 for World Bicycle Relief and the same amount for Livestrong. The challenge was laid down on Friday and by Monday morning had raised in excess of $55,000 and still growing through online donations. Again – the power of the Internet.
Back to all things racing and BMC racing has also announced its 2010 lineup to include George Hincapie, Alessandro Ballan and World Champion Cadel Evans. The squad are looking for wild card status with the UCI and hope to race the bigger Tours in the coming season.
Alberto Contador meanwhile has announced he will stay with Astana which has sought to rebuild its squad after the mass exodus following the setting up of Radioshack. The team will also ride Specialised bikes following a switch from Trek.