By Agence France Presse
European newspapers are reporting that Belgians Sébastien Rosseler and Gert Steegmans have signed deals to ride with Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack team in 2010.
According to Het Nieuwsblad, the 28-year-old Rosseler will leave the Quick Step team at season’s end, having signed a two-year deal with the RadioShack team, managed by former Discovery and Astana director Johan Bruyneel.
Steegmans, who made headlines ahead of this year’s Tour de France for his refusal to sign an anti-doping agreement with his Katusha team, has reportedly signed a one-year deal with RadioShack, according to the Gazet van Antwerpen.
According to Belgian media, the team is expected to release details of pending deals next week.
Rosseler, a stage winner at this year’s editions of the Four days of Dunkirk and Tour of Belgium, recently finished second in the Belgian national time trial championship.
Steegmans, also 28, has been without a team since his contract dispute with Katusha. Steegmans objected to provisions of a contract addendum that included language that would force riders to pay five times their salary if they’re caught for doping.
Steegmans – who won the final stage on the Champs Elysées in the 2008 Tour – was the only Katusha rider who refused to sign off on the new language.