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Radio Shack picks up Steegmans and Rosseler


Velonews is reporting that Team Radio Shack has signed Katusha's Gert Steegmans and Quick Step's Sébastien Rosseler:  http://www.velonews.com/article/97132/rosseler-steegmans-reportedly-sign-with-radioshack.

Steegmans moved to the new Katusha team last year, and was poised to make some waves in the sprinters' circles.  However, he stayed in the headlines this year for refusing to sign an anti-doping clause with the draconian penalty to pay back five times his annual salary.

Rosseler has ridden for Quick Step since 2005 and is one of Boonen's trusted lieutenants.  He's traditionally done well individually at races such as Four Days of Dunkirk and Eneco.  He also seems to ITT well, which surely factored into Radio Shack's interest.

Every new Radio Shack signing is quite interesting, given that the team is brand new.  However, these signings may indicate an increased interest in balance for the new team.  Were these riders just great deals, who face a year together fighting sprinter-oriented teams?  Or, will there be an increased focus on varied goals for 2010?  We'll have to wait and see.  Based on Radio Shack Corporate's announcement that stated Lance would also be a triathlete in the future, there may be more surprises in store.

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