Frenchman Brice Feillu is set to join Andy and Fränk Schleck in the Luxembourg-based team the siblings are setting up, Feillu said Thursday.
Feillu, who rides for Dutch outfit Vacansoleil, is a climbing specialist who reached the high point of his young career so far when he won a prestigious stage to the summit of Arcalis in the Pyrenees on the 2009 Tour de France.
This season his team was not given a wild-card invitation to the world’s biggest bike race, and Feillu is hoping the switch will help reinvigorate his career.
“I think it will be the ideal team for me. I’m going there to try and relaunch my career,” the 25-year-old told La Nouvelle Republique newspaper.
The Schlecks currently both race with the Saxo Bank team owned and managed by former Tour de France champion Bjarne Riis.
Feillu said he has given his word to the new team’s manager, Kim Andersen, whom Riis sacked when he discovered he was planning to found a new team with the Schlecks.
Since news of the impending split, Riis has signed three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain, who beat Andy Schleck into second place in the race in both 2009 and 2010.