Like many in the cycling world I've been puzzling over the arrangements made between the Leopard Trek and RadioShack teams, or more specifically, the controlling entities behind them.
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7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:37 PM

Based on
their respective press releases there are a several things that we do
know but also questions that need to be answered by both parties.

I've
matched up the press release statements and quotes and from that we
know the agreed on branding of the team, the length of the sponsorship
arrangement (2012/2013) the licensing arrangements (Luxembourg based),
its physical base (Luxembourg), Marketing arrangements, management and
confirmation of some riders.

The detail that needs to be
independently confirmed by Leopard Trek money man Flavio Becca is the
exact status of Johan Bruyneel within the team structure.

Maybe
there was an arrangement between the two where Bruyneel would later
flesh out some of the detail confirming his involvement. However, the
omission of Bruyneel's name in the original Leopard Trek press release
was interesting enough to raise eyebrows. One would think that important.

Usually when mergers are announced there is
agreement on the kind of language used and information given and the
press releases are almost word-for-word matches. This wasn't the case
early on with the Bruyneel question sitting in the room like the
proverbial Elephant - until the RadioShack release dropped confirming
his direct involvement.

Leopard Trek - [Headline] Luxembourg-based team Leopard-Trek is proud to welcome RadioShack and Nissan as new main sponsors.

RadioShack - [Headline] RadioShack-Nissan-Trek Cycling Super Team Links Top Riders and Sponsors

LT
- Leopard announces that RadioShack and Nissan are joining the
Leopard-Trek World Tour Team as sponsors for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

RS
- CSE Pro Cycling LLC is proud to announce that RadioShack and Nissan
are joining the Leopard-Trek World Tour Team as sponsors for the 2012
and 2013 seasons.

LT - Leopard will continue to hold its
existing UCI World Tour License. The team will be rebranded as
RadioShack-Nissan- Trek Professional Cycling Team as of next year.

RS - The team will hold a license in Luxembourg and be named the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek Professional Cycling Team.

LT - The team will continue to call Luxembourg its home.

RS -
All marketing operations will be operated out of Austin, Texas by CSE
Pro Cycling LLC. All sporting operations will be managed by Johan
Bruyneel Sports Management in both Belgium and Luxembourg. The team will
continue to represent LIVESTRONG in the global fight against cancer.

LT - The final line-up will be announced in due time.

RS
- The staff and roster will be a combination from the current
formations. Further details and specifics will be released by September
15th.

LT - Time trial World Champion Fabian Cancellara as
well as Tour de France runners-up Andy and Fränk Schleck will continue
to lead the team in its ambitious plans for the seasons 2012 and 2013.
They will be joined by Tour of California Champion Chris Horner,
two-time Tour de France runner-up Andreas Klöden, and National Champions
Matthew Busche, Jani Brajkovic, Nelson Oliveira and Robert Wagner.

RS
- Key Riders on the Team will be: Time trial World Champion Fabian
Cancellara; Andy and Fränk Schleck, the second and third place finishers
at the 2011 Tour de France; Tour of California Champion Chris Horner;
two-time Tour de France runner-up Andreas Klöden; respective national
champions Matthew Busche, Jani Brajkovic, Nelson Oliveira and Robert
Wagner; standout neo-pros Jesse Sergent and Ben King; all-around powers
Jakob Fuglsang and Haimar Zubeldia; and sprinter Daniele Bennati.

Quotes: Flavio Becca


"As
we stated in January, 2011 would be our apprentice-year. We intend to
improve upon our results. In modern cycling you cannot move forward
without strong sponsors. It is in this respect that today is a further
milestone in the development of this exciting young project, which has
gained the trust of two well-established players in the world of
professional cycling. I continue to believe in the bright future of our
athletes and have high expectations for the performance of this team.
This is a major strategic move for all partners involved."

Quotes: Johann Bruyneel

"With
our sponsors' continuing commitment and the professionalism of our
riders, I'm confident that RadioShack-Nissan-Trek will dominate cycling
for years to come. With Team RadioShack, we won 30 races and dominated
the most important American races in 2011. Now thanks to the presence of
riders like Fabian Cancellara and the Schleck brothers, we have the
potential to win not only Classics and major stage races but Grand Tours
as well. We will form a team of 30 riders, in regulation with the UCI
rules. All contracts with riders and staff that are already signed with
Team Leopard-Trek or Team RadioShack will be respected. We are grateful
our sponsors believe in this project. This is a great milestone for our
team and our global sport."