The Schlecks will ride for a new Luxembourg-backed team in 2011. Frank and Andy Schleck both posted notices on their respective Twitter pages confirming that the Luxembourg project is on solid footing.
“Next year, we will be part of an amazing project backed in our home country,” Andy Schleck wrote. “It will be The New Big Team (sic) in professional cycling. More news to follow in the coming month.”
Frank Schleck posted a similar message, meant perhaps to drown out growing rumors that the project might have lost steam in the past few weeks.
The Schleck brothers confirmed earlier this month they will leave Saxo Bank at the end of 2010 and create their own team with backers from their native Luxembourg.
Ex-Saxo Bank sport director Kim Andersen and former press attaché Brian Nygaard are both linked to the deal. Other riders, such as Jakob Fuglsang, Jens Voigt and Stuart O’Grady, are also expected to leave Saxo Bank and follow the Schlecks.
Brian Holm, an ex-Danish pro who is currently at sport director at HTC-Columbia, told the Danish newspaper Feltet.dk that he has been in contact about joining the new Luxembourg project, but said he has not made a decision yet.