Early rumors had Brian Nygaard said to be leaving the team - a rather surprising development, given that the rich man behind the team - Flavio Becca - had specifically requested Nygaard for the job. It is interesting to note that at no time has Nygaard gone out into the press to deny this development.
This was followed by new rumors of a merger between Radioshack and LT, followed by additional rumors of Nygaard leaving the team. A Leopard-Trek spokesperson has repeatedly denied these allegations, but it is noteworthy that the Schleck's have done little or nothing to deny the rumors, and that the DS's of the team have repeatedly made statements suggesting that they too are uncertain about the team's future.
Today's L'Equipe adds additional grist to the rumor mill. According to their latest information, the Leopard-Trek project will be dissolved before the end of September. Supposedly:
- Flavio Becca has decided to pull out of the team. Since there is no head sponsor = no money to continue running the team.
- 11 Leopard-Trek riders including Feillu, Wegmann, Rohregger, Mortensen, Pedersen, Stamsnijer, Pires, Lund, and Vigano must find new teams.
- Bruyneel has recently returned to Spain after a trip to Luxembourg.
Link to the L'Equipe article.
This post has been edited by Strategy: 05 September 2011 - 10:21 AM