Two Tour stage winners to join Armstrong Down Under

Team RadioShack to make its debut at Aussie race

Lance Armstrong will be backed up by two Tour de France stage winners when his new team makes its worldwide debut at Australia's Tour Down Under in January.

Armstrong is returning for a second attempt at the first UCI ProTour race of the season, and he'll have strong support in the form of Yaroslav Popovych and Gert Steegmans.

The full roster of the new Team RadioShack was announced last month by manager Johan Bruyneel, and the line-up has now been confirmed for the Tour Down Under, to be staged around Adelaide from 17-24 January.

Race director Mike Turtur said Ukraine's Popovych and Belgian Steegmans would be a part of the squad along with South Africa's Daryl Impey, American Jason McCartney, Belgium's Sebastien Rosseler and Tomas Vaitkus from Lithuania.

"Lance is a real legend of the sport and it's been massive for our race that he made his cycling comeback here in 2009 and will debut Team RadioShack here in 2010," said Turtur.

"While much of the media focus will be on Armstrong, he will be joined by a very strong RadioShack team, who are all great riders in their own right.

"Popovych has been a loyal servant of Armstrong's at Discovery Channel and Astana, and is a very capable rider. Our race gives him an opportunity to do well and will also suit Steegman's sprinting skills."

Popovych won the young rider classification at the 2005 Tour de France and a stage of the 2006 event, while Steegmans is a two-time stage winner.

Australia's world road cycling champion Cadel Evans will also be riding in the race.

© AFP 2009

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