RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK is one of the most veteran teams in on the Pro Tour, boasting a roster full of experienced veteran stage racers. An improved version of the 2011 LEOPARD TREK team completed with the best of the 2011 Team RadioShack. Bringing together two powerful top-level entities gave birth to a new super team, capable of winning the broadest spectrum of races. Italian Luca Guercilena is managing a series of top riders, both European and American: Andy Schleck, Fabian Cancellara, Chris Horner (2011 Amgen Tour of California winner), Andreas Klöden, Jens Voigt and many more. The team also boasts two of the top young American talents in Ben King and Matthew Busche. RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK of whom are both expected to start at USA Pro Challenge. Busche finished 6th overall at May’s Amgen Tour of California, a break out performance. Voigt, at age 41, is still proving his mettle, having won a stage of the Amgen Tour of California in dramatic fashion.
Hometown: Landschlacht, Switzerland
Andreas Klöden has twice finished in the runner up position in the Tour de France and is the 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the road race.
Klöden is considered a solid teammate, unselfishly working to support the leaders in the squad. That’s not to say that the German hasn’t had his own chances for the podium.
In addition to his two second places in the Tour de France, he won the 2011 Vuelta al País Vasco and finished 2nd in Paris-Nice as well as winning a stage.
Klöden was a member of the RadioShack-Nissan squad that won the overall team classification at this year’s Tour de France. The German will be playing a supporting role for team leader Chris Horner.
Hometown: North Garden, VA
Ben King came to everyone’s attention with his gutsy win at the 2010 US Pro Road Race Championship in Greenville, South Carolina. The Trek-Livestrong rider was part of an early break and survived until the end, earning the stars and stripes jersey.
This was not the first national jersey for King. In 2010 he was both U-23 road and criterium national champion.
In 2011 he transferred to the RadioShack-Nissan team and won the young rider classification at the Tour of Beijing. In addition to Beijing, King raced some of the classics such as Scheldeprijs and Paris-Roubaix. He ended his season with a solid ride at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
The former national road champion started his 2012 European campaign backing RadioShack-Nissan’s strong riders in such races as the Critérium International and Vuelta al Pais Vasco. He was also part of the RadioShack-Nissan roster for the Amgen Tour of California.