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Deignan signs with Radioshack

Posted 11 October 2010

Philip Deignan has signed a new one year contract with Team Radioshack where he will work with legendary director Johan Bruyneel to plot his return to the top echelons of the sport.

The Donegal rider’s decision to join the Pro Tour team which was built around seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong sees him close the book on a troubled year.

The 27 year old was forced to find a new team one year before the end of his contract with the Cervelo Test Team which announced before the start of the Vuelta that it was to fold at the end of the year.

The deal was brokered by Deignan’s long time agent Andrew McQuaid of Azzuri Sports Management with Radioshack understood to be one of a number of teams interested in signing the 2009 Vuelta stage winner.

The team, which is backed by U.S. electronics retail giant of the same name, was built around Armstrong and includes experienced stage race and Grand Tour riders like Levi Leipheimer, Chris Horner and Andreas Kloden.

It is also home to emerging talent like Janez Brajkovic, the 26 year old Slovenian who defeated Alberto Contador to win this year’s Criterium du Dauphine.

The team failed to secure an invite to participate in this year’s Vuelta and turned down an opportunity to participate in the Giro to focus on the Tour of California and Tour de France.

Leipheimer, a three times winner of the U.S. race, was their best placed rider in the events in which the team did participate finishing third in California and 13th overall in a disappointing Tour for the team.

Deignan’s qualities as a climber and Grand Tour rider are certain to present Bruyneel and the team managment with new options for the 2011 season and the Donegal man will be acutely aware of the opportunities that exist to further develop his career once he returns to form.

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