The “team without a name” continues to make headlines in the off-seaon by filtering its signings in dribs and drabs, but who can blame them when there’s not a lot going on.
The Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project released three more names in what’s becoming cycling’s greatest leadout in PR history. Following confirmation that such big names as Jens Voigt and Stuart O’Grady are following the Schleck brothers to the new start-up squad based in Luxembourg, the squad revealed three more names that will be part of the new project.
Austrian Stefan Denifl, Australian Will Clarke, and Frenchman Brice Feillu will be joining the team’s other recent signings in the quest to make the Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project one of the most competitive in the sport, the team stated in a release Wednesday.
“We have really big expectations for these riders,” team manager Kim Andersen said. “The management believes that this group of young athletes will be able to grow and develop as the team grows and develops. Stefan (23) is very talented and many people already expect a lot of him. I know he is a good young rider and will fit well into the team; we will be excited to see how he develops.”
Andersen says he will be be looking to Clarke to grow into a force in the classics.
“Will is a big Aussie with a huge engine,” Andersen explained. “He caught my eye racing in Belgium this spring, winning kermesse races left and right. That’s no easy feat, so we will obviously look to develop his skills for the classics.”
Finally, for Feillu, winner of a Tour stage in 2009, the team realizes it has a gem and that he can work as a mountain lieutenant for the team leaders.
“Brice has already proved himself to be an exceptional climber, and those types of riders are hard to find,” Andersen said. “I think we can help him become an even better racer for the big climbs in the grand tours, and he is strong enough to make many invaluable contributions to the team’s grand-tour ambitions.”