Team RadioShack

Team RadioShack
Team information
UCI code RSH[1]
Registered United States
Founded 2009 (2009)
Disbanded 2011
Discipline Road
Status UCI ProTeam
Bicycles Trek
Key personnel
General manager Johan Bruyneel
Team manager(s) Dirk Demol


Team RadioShack was a professional road bicycle racing team, with RadioShack as the title sponsor, the creation of which was announced on July 23, 2009. Lance Armstrong co-owned and led the team, which raced in the Grand Tours and the UCI ProTour. The team was managed by Capital Sports and Entertainment, an Austin, Texas sports and event management group that also manages the Trek-Livestrong U23 development cycling team and that ran the former Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team.[2]

Johan Bruyneel was Team RadioShack's initial overall manager[3] and Dirk Demol is the directeur sportif.[4][5] Former Discovery Channel cyclists Viatcheslav Ekimov from Russia and José Azevedo from Portugal was also part of the managerial squad.[3][6] Armstrong said that the team would promote the Livestrong anti-cancer campaigns of his Lance Armstrong Foundation, and will also be sponsored by Trek Bicycle Corporation, SRAM Corporation and Nike, Inc. sportswear.[7][8][9]

The team ceased to exist in its current structure from the end of the 2011 season as Radioshack returned their World Tour Licence to the UCI. Their two main sponsors, Radioshack and Nissan have moved their sponsorship to Team Leopard Trek. Sporting Director Johan Bruyneel moved to the newly named RadioShack-Nissan team along with several of the current Radioshack riders. While effectively a merge, there is some debate between the two teams as to the nature of the agreement. Radioshack have described it as a merge,[10] while Flavio Becca, owner of Leopard Trek stated that his team was continuing, and simply taking over Radioshacks sponsors, and some of their riders.[11] The new team was registered in Luxembourg with the UCI.

Team History


On November 25, 2009, The UCI ProTour Council (UPTC) announced that the team was successfully registered for the 2010 season [12] The team's final 2010 team roster includes 26 riders from 16 countries,[3] after Japanese rider Fumiyuki Beppu joined in February.[13][14] Demol and twelve of the riders were previously with the Kazakh team Astana in the UCI ProTour, including eight of the team's nine riders on the winning team in the 2009 Tour de France. In April 2010 Li Fuyu was suspended by the team after failing a doping test.[15]

The team had planned on racing in the 2010 Tour de France and the 2010 Vuelta a España, among other races, but it controversially was not invited to the Vuelta.[16] Team RadioShack went on to achieve the team victory of the 2010 Tour de France, while leading the team classification after about half its stages. It was the second time that an American team had won the team classification, preceded by Discovery Channel in 2007. After the Tour de France, the team promoted Taylor Phinney and Jesse Sergent from the Trek-Livestrong U23 team and Clinton Avery from the PWS Eijssen team to the RadioShack roster as "stagiaires" ("trainees" in French) for the remainder of the season.[17]


The 2011 season for Team RadioShack began in January at the Tour Down Under, and ended in October with Robbie McEwen's participation in the Noosa Grand Prix. As a UCI ProTeam, they were automatically invited and obligated to send a squad to every event in the UCI World Tour.

While the team had 28 wins in 2011, and showed well enough to briefly be the leading team in the UCI World Tour rankings, they were nearly invisible in the Grand Tours, the races which have defined manager Johan Bruyneel's managerial career. A Tour de France besieged by crashes and injuries led to Haimar Zubeldia in 15th place being their best finisher, the worst showing for a Bruyneel-led team at the Tour in five years. The team's principal successes were the three major stage races in the United States, the Tour of California, the Tour of Utah, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Team RadioShack fielded the overall winner in all three events, Chris Horner in California and Levi Leipheimer in Utah and Colorado. The team also won seven other stage races, easily the most of any major team on the season.

2011 team roster

Rider Date of birth
 Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN) (1983-04-10) April 10, 1983
 Sam Bewley (NZL) (1987-07-22) July 22, 1987
 Janez Brajkovič (SLO) (1983-12-18) December 18, 1983
 Matthew Busche (USA) (1985-05-09) May 9, 1985
 Manuel Cardoso (POR) (1983-04-07) April 7, 1983
 Philip Deignan (IRE) (1983-09-07) September 7, 1983
 Ben Hermans (BEL) (1986-06-08) June 8, 1986
 Chris Horner (USA) (1971-11-10) November 10, 1971
 Robert Hunter (RSA) (1977-04-22) April 22, 1977
 Ben King (USA) (1989-03-22) March 22, 1989
 Andreas Klöden (GER) (1975-06-22) June 22, 1975
 Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) (1990-06-02) June 2, 1990
 Markel Irizar (ESP) (1980-02-05) February 5, 1980
 Levi Leipheimer (USA) (1973-10-24) October 24, 1973
Rider Date of birth
 Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA) (1981-06-30) June 30, 1981
 Tiago Machado (POR) (1985-10-18) October 18, 1985
 Jason McCartney (USA) (1973-09-03) September 3, 1973
 Robbie McEwen (AUS) (1972-06-24) June 24, 1972
 Dmitriy Muravyev (KAZ) (1979-11-02) November 2, 1979
 Nelson Oliveira (POR) (1989-03-06) March 6, 1989
 Sérgio Paulinho (POR) (1980-03-26) March 26, 1980
 Yaroslav Popovych (UKR) (1980-01-04) January 4, 1980
 Grégory Rast (SUI) (1980-01-17) January 17, 1980
 Sébastien Rosseler (BEL) (1981-07-15) July 15, 1981
 Ivan Rovny (RUS) (1987-09-30) September 30, 1987
 Bjørn Selander (USA) (1988-01-28) January 28, 1988
 Jesse Sergent (NZL) (1988-07-08) July 8, 1988
 Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) (1977-04-01) April 1, 1977

2012 Bontrager-Livestrong U23 team roster

As of February 5, 2012.[18][19]

Rider Date of birth
 Joshua Atkins (NZL) (1992-06-28) June 28, 1992
 Ian Boswell (USA) (1991-02-07) February 7, 1991
 Nathan Brown (USA) (1991-07-07) July 7, 1991
 Lawson Craddock (USA) (1992-02-20) February 20, 1992
 Jasper De Buyst (BEL) (1993-11-24) November 24, 1993
Rider Date of birth
 Joseph Dombrowski (USA) (1991-05-12) May 12, 1991
 Ryan Eastman (USA) (1992-07-28) July 28, 1992
 Gavin Mannion (USA) (1991-08-24) August 24, 1991
 Conor O'Leary (USA) (1991-01-01) January 1, 1991
 Dale Parker (AUS) (1992-05-12) May 12, 1992
 Jasper Stuyven (BEL) (1992-04-17) April 17, 1992

List of wins

1st Stage 4 Volta ao Algarve, Sebastien Rosseler
1st Portuguese rider classification, Thiago Machado
1st Teams classification
1st Teams classification Giro di Sardegna
1st Youth classification Critérium International, Thiago Machado
1st Teams classification
1st Stage 2b Circuit de la Sarthe, Thiago Machado
1st Overall Tour of the Basque Country, Chris Horner
1st Stage 6, Chris Horner
1st De Brabantse Pijl, Sebastien Rosseler
1st Teams classification, Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Teams classification, Tour de Romandie
1st Overall Tour Of The Gila, Levi Leipheimer
1st Stage 1, Levi Leipheimer
1st Stage 5 Tour of Belgium, Ben Hermans
1st Teams classification Tour de Luxembourg
1st Overall Critérium du Dauphiné, Janez Brajkovič
1st Stage 4, Janez Brajkovič
1st Teams classification Tour of Austria
1st Teams classification Tour de France
1st Stage 10, Sergio Paulinho
1st Overall Tour de L'ain, Haimar Zubeldia
1st Prologue, Haimar Zubeldia
1st Overall Tour Of Utah, Levi Leipheimer
1st Prologue, Taylor Phinney
1st Stage 3, Levi Leipheimer
1st Stage 4 Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Markel Irizar
1st Prologue Tour de l'Avenir, Taylor Phinney
1st Leadville Trail 100 MTB, Levi Leipheimer
1st  United States National Time Trial championships, Taylor Phinney
1st World U23 Road Race championships, Taylor Phinney
1st Trofeo Inca-inca, Ben Hermans
1st Tour De Mumbai II, Robbie Hunter
1st Overall Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta ciclista del Sol, Markel Irizar
1st Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, Jesse Sergent
1st Prologue Jesse Sergent
1st Stage 5 Paris–Nice, Andréas Klöden
1st Stage 4 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Manuel Cardoso
1st Stage 3 Critérium International, Andréas Klöden
1st Overall Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Sebastien Rosseler
1st Overall Tour of the Basque Country, Andréas Klöden
1st Stage 1 Giro del Trentino, Andréas Klöden
1st Overall Amgen Tour of California, Chris Horner
1st Stage 4, Chris Horner
1st Stage 7, Levi Leipheimer
1st  United States National Road Race championships, Matthew Busche
1st  Japan National Time Trial championships, Fumiyuki Beppu
1st Overall Tour de Suisse, Levi Leipheimer
1st  Portugal National Time Trial championships, Nelson Oliveira
1st  Japan National Road Racec championships, Fumiyuki Beppu
1st  Slovenia NAtional Time Trial championships, Janez Brajkovič
1st Stage 1 Tour of Austria, Robert Hunter
1st Stage 4 Tour De Wallonie, Robbie McEwen
1st Stage 5 Eneco Tour, Jesse Sergent
1st Overall Tour Of Utah, Levi Leipheimer
1st Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Levi Leipheimer
1st Stages 1 & 3, Levi Leipheimer
1st Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Jesse Sergent
1st Stage 4, Jesse Sergent
1st Overall Tour de Wallonie-Picarde, Robbie McEwen
1st Stages 1 & 4, Robbie McEwen

National Championships

USA Road Race Ben King
USA Time Trial Taylor Phinney
U23 World Road Race Taylor Phinney
Japan Road Race Fumiyuki Beppu
Japan Time Trial Fumiyuki Beppu
USA Road Race Matthew Busche
Slovenia Time Trial Janez Brajkovič
Portugal Time Trial Nelson Oliveira


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