Bruyneel set for job as Nygaard leaves

Wed, 07 Sep 14:22:00 2011

Lance Armstrong's former mentor Johan Bruyneel is expected to take the reins at the new Radioshack-Nissan-Trek cycling team as Brian Nygaard is leaving his position as Leopard-Trek manager ahead of the merger with Radioshack.

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Leopard-Trek, the team of Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, said on Wednesday that Dane Nygaard was leaving.

"I'm proud to have been part of building up a new team in cycling and I'm happy for the experience it has given me," Nygaard, a former media officer for the Saxo Bank and Sky teams said in a team statement.

"I wish the project the best of luck going onwards. Personally, I would like to thank the riders and the staff for giving their best to this team."

His Radioshack counterpart Bruyneel, who helped Armstrong to win seven Tour de France titles and guided Spain's Alberto Contador to two Tour triumphs, was set to take over as sole manager for the new structure that will operate next season, sources close to the matter told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Nygaard has been linked by media reports with a press officer's job with the new Australian cycling team, GreenEDGE.

Before joining Leopard Trek, Nygaard worked as press officer for many years with Bjarne Riis's Saxo Bank and, more recently, for half a year with Team Sky.

Radioshack-Nissan-Trek will boast an impressive squad with Andy Schleck and his brother Frank as well as world and Olympic time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara, twice Tour de France runner-up Andreas Kloeden and Slovenian prospect Janez Brajkovic.

With the International Cycling Union allowing only 28 riders under contract per team, 16 are expected to face the axe as Leopard-Trek and Radioshack have a combined total of 44 riders.

Eurosport / Reuters

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