Guercilena replaces Bruyneel as RadioShack manager

Italian sports director will take over at the helm of the embattled RadioShack-Nissan squad

RadioShack-Nissan sports director Luca Guercilena will fill the team’s manager position left vacant by the departure last week of Johan Bruyneel. The team announced Guercilena’s promotion on Thursday.

“I have this project very much at heart, being part of it since the beginning. We have amazing human resources in this team, both on the riders and the staff roster, and I believe we have the moral duty to capitalize on this potential”, said Guercilena. “This team has gone through some rough weather, but even the hardest stages come to an end. I have talked at length with the team owner and with the title sponsors, and all parties are convinced of the new direction for the team. We want to be a solid and stable team that gets noticed for its results.”

Injuries to Fabian Cancellara and Andy Schleck, a doping positive for Fränk Schleck and Bruyneel’s involvement in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation of systematic doping at the U.S. Postal Service team have rocked the RadioShack squad in 2012.

“I believe it was important to recruit from our own ranks after we parted paths with Johan Bruyneel,” said team owner Flavio Becca in a statement. “Luca is one of the most gifted coaches in cycling and he’s a great mediator. I have great faith in his capacities to lead our team and to appease the buzz around our team — in the interest of our sponsors, our team members and cycling in general. We are now at the halfway point of this project and I am very optimistic and exited about what lies ahead.”

Guercilena worked previously as a trainer at the Mapei sports center before joining Quick Step as a director in 2003. He joined Leopard-Trek, which merged with RadioShack to form the new squad, in 2011.