2010 Team RadioShack season
|Stage race overall victories||3|
|Stage race stage victories||8|
The 2010 season for Team RadioShack, its first, began in January with the Tour Down Under and ended in October at the Giro di Lombardia. Team RadioShack rode in 2010 a UCI ProTour team, and was thus automatically invited to and obligated to send a squad to every ProTour event.
Much of the team joined after having competed as members of the Astana team from 2009, including team leaders Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, and Andreas Klöden, and team manager Johan Bruyneel. Many riders followed them, including all of Astana's 2009 Tour de France squad with the exception of champion Alberto Contador. The formation of the team was announced days after Alexander Vinokourov returned to Astana from suspension with new financial backers joining him – backers who favored Vinokourov and Contador over Bruyneel and Armstrong. The team also includes an assortment of riders who were members of other ProTour teams in 2009.
Ages as of January 1, 2010
- Riders' 2009 teams
Similar to the 2009 Astana team, Team RadioShack was not built for one-day races but rather for stage races. Its only win was earned in the Brabantse Pijl ("Brabant Arrow" in English) by Sébastien Rosseler.
Levi Leipheimer won the Leadville Trail 100 MTB mountain bike race in August.
Team RadioShack's first event in their history was the Tour Down Under. Armstrong and Bruyneel commented that they were eager to come away from the race with victories, likely with ace sprinter Steegmans, because the entire executive committee of RadioShack was in Australia to see the race in person. Steegmans finished a close second behind eventual Tour winner André Greipel in the race's first stage, but that was as close as the team came to any wins. Nonetheless, Bruyneel said he was satisfied with the team's performance. In the Volta ao Algarve, Rosseler took the team's first-ever stage win, winning stage 4 from a breakaway. Machado finished third overall in the event, Leipheimer finished fourth, and won its unique award for best Portuguese rider. The squad also won the teams classification.
RadioShack had a decent year in stage races, although overall victories were rare. Through August, it had only three general classification victories: Chris Horner in the Tour of the Basque Country; Janez Brajkovič in the Critérium du Dauphiné; and Haimar Zubeldia in the Tour de l'Ain. However, four other riders had also finished on the podium: Lance Armstrong, second in the Tour de Suisse and third in the Tour de Luxembourg; Tiago Machado, third in the Volta ao Algarve; Levi Leipheimer, third in the Tour of California; and Matthew Busche, third in the Tour of Denmark. Leipheimer also won the Tour of the Gila, although technically the Team RadioShack riders in that race (despite wearing jerseys with "RadioShack" on the front) were riding for Armstrong's "Mellow Johnny's" team, and the Tour of Utah, in which he rode alone for Mellow Johnny's.
Because the three Grand Tour events are not part of the UCI ProTour, teams must be invited to each of the events and may choose not to participate. Team RadioShack requested not to be invited to the Giro d'Italia, instead sending their best riders to the concurrent Tour of California. Though the team actively sought a place in the Vuelta a España, they were not one of the 22 teams chosen for participation in that race either. They only participated in the Tour de France among the year's Grand Tours.
Tour de France
The 2010 RadioShack team in the Tour de France was almost identical to the 2009 Astana team, with seven of the nine riders. The only changes were Chris Horner, replacing Alberto Contador, who remained with Astana, and Janez Brajkovic, replacing Haimar Zubeldia, who was recovering from a broken wrist. Although the team once again won Best Team, its highest individual result came from Horner, who finished 10th.
|February 20||Volta ao Algarve, Stage 4||UCI Europe Tour||Rosseler, SébastienSébastien Rosseler (BEL)||Portugal||Tavira|
|February 20||Volta ao Algarve, Portuguese rider classification||UCI Europe Tour||Machado, TiagoTiago Machado (POR)||Portugal|
|February 21||Volta ao Algarve, Teams classification||UCI Europe Tour||[N 1]||Portugal|
|February 27||Giro di Sardegna, Teams classification||UCI Europe Tour||[N 2]||Italy|
|March 28||Critérium International, Youth classification||UCI Europe Tour||Machado, TiagoTiago Machado (POR)||France|
|March 28||Critérium International, Teams classification||UCI Europe Tour||[N 3]||France|
|April 7||Circuit de la Sarthe, Stage 2B||UCI Europe Tour||Machado, TiagoTiago Machado (POR)||France||Angers|
|April 10||Tour of the Basque Country, Stage 6||UCI ProTour||Horner, ChrisChris Horner (USA)||Spain||Orio|
|April 10||Tour of the Basque Country, Overall||UCI ProTour||Horner, ChrisChris Horner (USA)||Spain|
|April 14||Brabantse Pijl||UCI Europe Tour||Rosseler, SébastienSébastien Rosseler (BEL)||Belgium||Overijse|
|April 18||Vuelta a Castilla y León, Teams classification||UCI Europe Tour||[N 4]||Spain|
|May 2||Tour de Romandie, Teams classification||UCI ProTour||[N 5]||Switzerland|
|May 30||Tour of Belgium, Stage 5||UCI Europe Tour||Hermans, BenBen Hermans (BEL)||Belgium||Herstal|
|June 6||Tour de Luxembourg, Teams classification||UCI Europe Tour||[N 6]||Luxembourg|
|June 9||Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 3||UCI World Ranking||Brajkovič, JanezJanez Brajkovič (SLO)||France||Sorgues|
|June 13||Critérium du Dauphiné, Overall||UCI World Ranking||Brajkovič, JanezJanez Brajkovič (SLO)||France|
|July 11||Tour of Austria, Teams classification||UCI Europe Tour||[N 7]||Austria|
|July 14||Tour de France, Stage 10||UCI World Ranking||Paulinho, SérgioSérgio Paulinho (POR)||France||Gap|
|July 25||Tour de France, Teams classification||UCI World Ranking||[N 8]||France||Bordeaux|
|August 10||Tour de l'Ain, Prologue||UCI Europe Tour||Zubeldia, HaimarHaimar Zubeldia (ESP)||France||Amberieu-En-Bugey|
|August 14||Tour de l'Ain, Overall||UCI Europe Tour||Zubeldia, HaimarHaimar Zubeldia (ESP)||France|
|August 14||Leadville Trail 100 MTB||Mountain bike event||Leipheimer, LeviLevi Leipheimer (USA)||United States||Leadville, Colorado|
|August 27||Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Stage 4||UCI Europe Tour||Irizar, MarkelMarkel Irizar (ESP)||France||Vouillé[disambiguation needed]|
- The riders on the squad were Levi Leipheimer, Gert Steegmans, Tiago Machado, Andreas Klöden, Sébastien Rosseler, Grégory Rast, Sérgio Paulinho, and Tomas Vaitkus
- The riders on the squad were Ben Hermans, Chris Horner, Janez Brajkovič, Ivan Rovny, Geoffroy Lequatre, Dmitriy Muravyev, Matthew Busche, and Markel Irizar
- The riders on the squad were Tiago Machado, Chris Horner, Ben Hermans, Yaroslav Popovych, Lance Armstrong, Sérgio Paulinho, Matthew Busche, and Ivan Rovny
- The riders on the squad were Tiago Machado, Fumiyuki Beppu, Markel Irizar, Janez Brajkovič, José Luis Rubiera, Gert Steegmans, Sam Bewley, and Jason McCartney
- The riders on the squad were Tiago Machado, Janez Brajkovič, Matthew Busche, Haimar Zubeldia, José Luis Rubiera, Sérgio Paulinho, Markel Irizar, and Gert Steegmans
- The riders on the squad were Andreas Klöden, Lance Armstrong, Sam Bewley, Daryl Impey, Tiago Machado, Ivan Rovny, Grégory Rast, and Bjørn Selander
- The riders on the squad were Fumiyuki Beppu, Matthew Busche, Daryl Impey, Markel Irizar, Tiago Machado, Ivan Rovny, José Luis Rubiera, and Ben Hermans
- The riders on the squad were Lance Armstrong, Janez Brajkovič, Chris Horner, Andreas Klöden, Levi Leipheimer, Dimitry Muravyev, Sérgio Paulinho, Yaroslav Popovych, and Grégory Rast
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