Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack Team Will Make Debut in Australia

Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack Team Will Make Debut in Australia

By Dan Baynes

Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — Lance Armstrong’s Team RadioShack will make its debut at January’s Tour Down Under in South Australia, race organizers said.

Armstrong, 37, will launch the cycling team at the Jan. 17- 24 event near Adelaide, where he made his professional comeback seven months ago.

Securing the seven-time Tour de France champion’s return “makes economic sense,” South Australian state Premier Mike Rann said after meeting Armstrong in Dublin yesterday. His participation this year helped attract about 750,000 spectators and injected A$39 million ($32.2 million) into the South Australian economy, more than double the boost from 2008.

“He really enjoyed his time in South Australia and has told me how much he appreciated the massive support he received,” Rann said in a statement.

Armstrong said two days ago in an interview that Johan Bruyneel, who oversaw his Tour de France wins with the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery teams, will join his new squad next year.

Bruyneel, a Belgian, recorded his ninth triumph in the Tour de France this year by managing Alberto Contador to his second victory in cycling’s premier race. Armstrong, on the same Astana squad as Contador, finished third.

“Bruyneel is a master at acquiring guys and building the best teams,” Armstrong said in Dublin.

Former U.S. Postal teammate Floyd Landis may be invited to race for the new team, Armstrong said. Landis won the 2006 Tour de France, then lost the title for doping.

Andreas Kloden, Levi Leipheimer and Haimar Zubeldia, all on Astana this year, are also potential RadioShack teammates, Armstrong said. None have been confirmed as members of the new team, he said.

Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack Corp., the second- largest U.S. electronics chain, and Armstrong announced their alliance in the final days of this year’s Tour.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney atdbaynes@bloomberg.net

 

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