Flavio Becca, 48 – owner: A Luxembourg-based businessman who grew a small masonry business into a real estate empire. A longtime fan of cycling, he approached the Schlecks last spring about creating a team. Discreet and publicity-shy, Becca was not available to the media during the team presentation Thursday and little information about him was available. He has guaranteed at least four years to the project and is helping to fund the team with his personal fortune. Nygaard would not reveal the team’s budget, but suggested it’s on par with the top echelon in cycling: “If you pay peanuts, all you get are monkeys.”

Kim Andersen (DEN), 52 – lead sport director: The first Dane to wear the yellow jersey, he tested positive twice during his racing career, retiring in 1992. He worked with Team Chicky World in 1998-99 and helped run Team Fakta, also based in Luxembourg, from 2000-2003. Joined Saxo Bank in 2004 as a sport director and left the team last summer before the Tour de France after he told Riis about the Leopard project: “My job will not change so much, it’s just now that all the responsibility falls on my shoulders.”

Brian Nygaard (DEN), 36 – general manager: A philosophy major at university, Nygaard served as press attaché with Bjarne Riis at CSC/Saxo Bank from 2001-09. He joined Team Sky for 2010, but left his position in May when he accepted the job offer as general manager from Becca: “It was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and didn’t take me long to decide to do it. Someone once told me a good manager is someone who knows what they don’t know. I think I have people around me who know what they’re doing.”

Sport directors: Torsten Schmidt (Ger), Adriano Baffi (Ita), Lars Michaelsen (Den), Luca Guercilena (Ita)

Sponsors: Trek, Mercedes Benz, Enovos, Craft, Shimano, Speedplay, Schwalbe, Northwave, Oakley, 1st Endurance SIS