While 2009 is coming to a close the 2010 cycling season is starting to come together as teams meet for training camps and the personnel trading game enters full swing.
First, we start with Lance Armstrong who in his first press conference as part of the RadioShack team said that the venture was not built around him.
"The days of this team being built around me are done," Armstrong said in an article on Cycling News. "I'm 38 now, I'll be 39 this season -- it would be irresponsible to build it around me. Going into the Tour we have to look at Levi [Leipheimer], [Andreas] Kloden, the tactics, the ideas we use."
Then there was a fair amount of interest generated in the cycling media about the move of sports physiologist Allen Lim from Garmin to RadioShack. Lim gained a presence as part of the Slipstream team, headed by Jonathan Vaughters. With the Slipstream team (under various sponsorship names, most recently Garmin), Lim was part of running a "clean cycling team" but came under fire when Floyd Landis was stripped of his Tour de France title after suspect drug tests.
Plus, there is a rivalry between Vaughters and RadioShack's Armstrong and Johan Bruynell which fuels interest in the switch. Lim said his reason for the switch was that Shack would require less travel and that his role would be not as anyone's coach but as someone helping to hone the cycling craft through science.
Meanwhile Garmin also lost a rider -- Brit Bradley Wiggins left Garmin to join Team Sky, based in his home country. Wiggins was fourth at the Tour de France.
Finally, big time stage racing may be coming to the East Coast. Organizers of the Giro d'Italia have been talking with officials in Washington, D.C. about bringing the first few stages of the race to that city. The talks are still early, but the goal is to bring the race to Washington in 2012.
Ah, drama, fashion concerns and bringing a cycling icon to the United States. Let the cycling season begin.
--- Amy Moritz
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