The Feillu brothers will be racing together on a new team for 2010, but it won’t be with Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack team.
Despite hints that the promising French brothers might be headed to Armstrong’s new outfit, the pair signed a two-season deal that will keep them together at the Dutch Vacansoleil team.
“I am very proud with these new signings,” said team manager Daan Luijkx. “Romain and Brice are young and have a lot of talent. They are different type of riders and fit well within the team.”
Following their run at the French Agritubel squad, Romain and Brice Feillu wanted to keep racing on the same team and their move to Vacansoleil is seen as a strong bid by the Dutch squad to secure a wild-card invitation for the 2010 Tour, which starts in Rotterdam, Holland.
Romain, 25, is the older of the pair and is a scrappy sprinter best-known for his brief run in the yellow jersey in the 2008 Tour.
Brice, 24, shot to prominence in this year’s Tour by winning out of a breakaway to the stage atop Arcalis in the Pyrénées. A natural climber, Brice will contend for the polka-dot climber’s jersey in the coming years.