Sunday, August 9, 2009

That will be 'The Shack,' thank you very much!

So first Radio Shack forms a team, grabs LA as their team leader, then the company changes its name from "Radio Shack" to "The Shack." Dunno what this means for the team, as their website indicates no name change, but it does mean that you'll now be buying your electronic doodads from a place named after a domicile most often noted for lacking electricity. No entiendo.

Here's the list of the riders that TRS -- er, 'Team Shack' -- has signed so far:

  • Johan Bruyneel, director sportif
  • Lance Armstrong
  • Jani Brajkovic
  • Levi Leipheimer
  • Jesus Hernandez
  • Chris Horner
  • Yaroslav Popovych
  • Gregory Rast

The story also reports that Andy Schleck won't jump the Shack -- er, to the Shack -- and that there are rumors that Lance might try to tempt Cavendish to join him as well. This last news is particularly interesting, as it's hard for me to imagine a team led by Bruyneel and Armstrong contesting sprints as well as going for a GC win in one of the Grand Tours. Not to say that they couldn't do it, but I don't remember them ever having done so in the past.

Who else will join them? Hincapie? Floyd? B-Swad? Guess we'll have to wait a few months to find out. May the silly season commence!


Korps said...

I would have to say Pirate that I can not wait to see them ride. I hope to get a sneak peak at the boys in Co in a couple of weeks. Maybe Hollywood can help me sniff em out. I say go SHACK!

DukePirate said...

Oh, yes, I'm excited to see how things turn out, make no mistake about it. I actually think having Cav on the team would make them more exciting to watch, as they'd have to balance the sprinter's goals with that of the GC riders. And I'd like to see George on the team, too.