LeMond to head new racing team; Livingston signs with Telekom

Reports from several cycling publications indicate that three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond will head a new professional racing team.

Don't expect to see LeMond dueling with Armstrong and Ullrich up Alpine passes. The American cycling legend is putting together a team of 12 to 15 American and European riders that will be managed by 1984 Tour of Flanders winner Johan Lammerts.

Another big name that has floated around this as-yet-unannounced team is former U.S. National Team coach Eddie Borysewicz, who guided the United States to four gold medals in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

As for sponsorship, initially, online PC retail giant Dell computers was mentioned, but that rumor has since been squashed. Sources are now only stating that the sponsor will be a company involved in global telecommunications.

Though no riders have been confirmed, names that keep popping up include Belgium's Peter Van Petegem and formal Postal team member Frankie Andreau.

LeMond has seen his star rise in the wake of recent anti-doping trials. Major French publications have lauded the American as an example of one the few stars in the sport that never succumbed to the temptation to cheat.

Perhaps that's why the folks at Target yes, Target have decided to use LeMond's name on a series of Tawianese cycling products for sale in their nationwide department stores and online.

Even though it's Target, the LeMond line won't be your run-of-the-mill bargain-basement department store crud.

A floor pump with a digital pressure readout retails for $49.99, while a Kryptonite-style U-lock goes for $29.99. There is even a legitimate-looking wind resistance trainer that carries the LeMond name and a price tag of $89.99.

A formal announcement about the new LeMond-managed squad is expected later this week.

Livingston to work for Ullrich
Despite reports to the contrary, another "Postie" who contributed to Armstrong's two Tour wins, Kevin Livingston will not join the LeMond-helmed team.

Instead, Livingston will go to work for Lance's archrival, Jan Ullrich.

The 27-year-old Livingston signed a two-year contract with Germany's team Telekom this weekend. Ullrich won the Tour in 1997 and was second to Armstrong this year.

A key backup to Armstrong, Livingston was of particular help to Armstrong over Tour's decisive mountain stages. Livingston signed earlier this year with the British Linda McCartney squad, but terms between the frozen food company and Livingston had soured.

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