Luxembourg add Milram duo and Fuglsang
The new outfit, fronted by the Schleck brothers, are expected to feature several other Saxo Bank riders when they join the UCI Pro Tour in 2011, with Dane Fuglsang the latest acquisition from his country’s team.
But the signing of Germany’s Milram duo shows that they are looking beyond Saxo Bank as they seek to win the Tour de France.
"I have already worked with Linus earlier in his career and I always wanted to work with him again, so I am pleased to have the chance to get him on this team," team manager Kim Andersen said of Gerdemann.
"We have big expectations for Linus. It has been good for him to have had a chance to grow as a person and as a rider in the last years and I think he has some amazing seasons ahead of him."
"Fabian (Wegmann) is a rider I have always wanted on my team," Andersen added. "I have always liked him; he is a winner - pure and simple. Though he is not a pure climber or a pure sprinter, you can always count on him for several wins a year."
The addition of Fuglsang is a mini-coup, with the 25-year-old former World U23 champion and multiple stage winner expected to mature into a Tour challenger.
"Obviously we have big expectations for Jakob. For me, he is one of the biggest talents in the sport," Andersen added.
"Jakob had a fantastic first year racing at the ProTour level in 2009, and this year he gave the Schlecks good support in the Tour.
"He is a very complete rider and we now know how to tweak his off-season preparation so that he can arrive in the best possible shape for the coming season."
Fuglsang will largely aid the Schleck brothers in their bid to win the Tour de France, but he is looking at glory himself in the coming years.
"I will aim for higher personal goals like going for the general classification at the Giro or Vuelta, while taking great care to help Andy and Frank at the Tour," the rider said.
"They are such great athletes, why shouldn’t we try to win it?"