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A first look at Team Leopard-Trek

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The Team Leopard-Trek riders

The Team Leopard-Trek riders
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Frank Schleck on stage at the team presentation

Frank Schleck on stage at the team presentation
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Brice Feillu will add firepower in the mountains

Brice Feillu will add firepower in the mountains
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Wouter Weylandt comes over from Quick Step)

Wouter Weylandt comes over from Quick Step)
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Brian Nygaard has big ambitions for 2011

Brian Nygaard has big ambitions for 2011
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Brian Nygaard is the team boss

Brian Nygaard is the team boss
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Nygaard has built a team in less than a year

Nygaard has built a team in less than a year
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Fabian Wegmann (Leopard-Trek)

Fabian Wegmann (Leopard-Trek)
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Wouter Weylandt smiles for the cameras

Wouter Weylandt smiles for the cameras
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Linus Gerdemann will hope to find some form after a difficult couple of years

Linus Gerdemann will hope to find some form after a difficult couple of years
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Daniele Bennati signed from Liquigas-Doimo

Daniele Bennati signed from Liquigas-Doimo
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Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) will ride for the Schlecks in the Tour de France

Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) will ride for the Schlecks in the Tour de France
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Thumbs up: Riders give their approval to the new team

Thumbs up: Riders give their approval to the new team
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Linus Gerdemann (Leopard-Trek)

Linus Gerdemann (Leopard-Trek)
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Stefan Denifl signed from Cervelo

Stefan Denifl signed from Cervelo
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Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek)

Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek)
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Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek)

Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek)
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek)

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek)
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Frank Schleck will target the Tour and the Classics

Frank Schleck will target the Tour and the Classics
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Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) talks to the media in Luxembourg

Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek) talks to the media in Luxembourg
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Leopard-Trek stand for true racing

Leopard-Trek stand for true racing
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Team Leopard-Trek

Team Leopard-Trek
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Andy Schleck at the Team Leopard-Trek presentation

Andy Schleck at the Team Leopard-Trek presentation
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Fabian Cancellara (Team Leopard-Trek)

Fabian Cancellara (Team Leopard-Trek)
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Fränk Schleck and Fabian Cancellara

Fränk Schleck and Fabian Cancellara
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Team Leopard-Trek pose for a group photograph

Team Leopard-Trek pose for a group photograph
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Team manager Brian Nygaard during the presentation

Team manager Brian Nygaard during the presentation
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Team manager Brian Nygaard and sports director Kim Andersen present the riders

Team manager Brian Nygaard and sports director Kim Andersen present the riders
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Kim Andersen has come over from Saxo Bank

Kim Andersen has come over from Saxo Bank
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Fabian Cancellara spells out his goals for 2011

Fabian Cancellara spells out his goals for 2011
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Jakob Fuglsang, Frank Schleck and Fabian Cancellara

Jakob Fuglsang, Frank Schleck and Fabian Cancellara
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Andersen, Nygaard, Schleck and BEnnati

Andersen, Nygaard, Schleck and BEnnati
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Maxime Monfort smiles on as the press ask questions

Maxime Monfort smiles on as the press ask questions
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Brice Feillu, Dominic Klemme and, Linus Gerdemann

Brice Feillu, Dominic Klemme and, Linus Gerdemann
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The team's directeurs

The team's directeurs
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Andy Schleck answers questions as Cancellara and Bennati look on

Andy Schleck answers questions as Cancellara and Bennati look on
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Frank and Andy Schleck's father watches from the sidelines

Frank and Andy Schleck's father watches from the sidelines
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Team Leopard-Trek

Team Leopard-Trek
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Andy Schleck talks Tour de France while team boss Nygaard looks on

Andy Schleck talks Tour de France while team boss Nygaard looks on
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Frank Schleck will look for better luck in 2011 after crashing out of the Tour de France in 2010

Frank Schleck will look for better luck in 2011 after crashing out of the Tour de France in 2010
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Frank Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek)

Frank Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek)
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The Team Leopard-Trek riders on stage at the presentation

The Team Leopard-Trek riders on stage at the presentation
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Team Leopard

Team Leopard
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The start of the Leopard-Trek presentation

The start of the Leopard-Trek presentation
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The press gather for the start of the presentation

The press gather for the start of the presentation
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Brian Nygaard and Kim Andersen were the first on stage

Brian Nygaard and Kim Andersen were the first on stage
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The press were shown a promotional video at the start of the presentation

The press were shown a promotional video at the start of the presentation
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The Leopard-Trek team for 2011

The Leopard-Trek team for 2011
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Maxime Monfort walks to the stage

Maxime Monfort walks to the stage
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Jakob Fuglsang will hope to shine in stage races

Jakob Fuglsang will hope to shine in stage races
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Brian Nygaard is the team manager

Brian Nygaard is the team manager
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Frank Schleck greets the press after the team presentation

Frank Schleck greets the press after the team presentation
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Team Leopard-Trek has begun its two-part official presentation in Luxembourg, with a press conference and photo opportunity highlighting the team’s powerful line-up.

Team manager Brian Nygaard presented the riders and team staff on stage and confirmed the team will be called Team Leopard-Trek. The riders were dressed in suits and scarves. The team’s much awaited new jersey will be unveiled during the public presentation later today in front of 4,000 people. It is expected to have a plain black and white design.

“We have developed our new team, aiming for a fresh and innovative style. Of utmost importance, though, is to take cycling back to its proper roots: It’s all about the racing,” Nygaard said.

“With riders on the roster who can win from the first race of the season to the final, we are looking to be competitive in a lot of races. We are not going to win every race, but we are certainly here to make our mark in the biggest events”.

According to the UCI’s sporting criteria used to award ProTeam licences for 2011, Team Leopard-Trek is the best ranked team in the peloton thanks to the huge haul of points scored by riders in the last two seasons. In 2010 Fabian Cancellara won the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, while Andy Schleck finished second in the Tour de France.

After the evening presentation, the riders will head to Mallorca for a training camp, while a team of riders travels to Australia for the Tour Down Under.

There will be further interviews and reports from the presentation later on Cyclingnews.

The full Team Leopard-Trek roster: Daniele Bennati, Fabian Cancellara, Will Clarke, Stefan Denifl, Brice Feillu, Jakob Fuglsang , Linus Gerdemann, Dominic Klemme, Anders Lund, Maxime Monfort, Martin Mortensen, Giacomo Nizzolo, Stuart O'Grady, Martin Pedersen, Bruno Pires, Joost Posthuma, Andy Schleck, Frank Schleck, Tom Stamsnijder, Davide Vigano, Jens Voigt, Robert Wagner, Fabian Wegmann, Wouter Weylandt, and Oliver Zaugg.