With Chris Horner out through injury and Frank Schleck still under suspension until half way through this year's race the question for Radioshack was who would be their designated leader. Andy Schleck the 2010 winner is still on the road back from recovery following his broken pelvis in last year's Critérium du Dauphiné. In the end the team plumped for Schleck but there is a strong group of possibles who will be his Lieutenants but ready to step up as Captain if the form is not there. With Fabian Cancellara ruling himself out earlier this month so he can focus on the World Championships here is how the team finally shaped up.
Klöden has been second in the Tour twice, once behind Armstrong making him the top non-disqualified race) and also in the Tour that saw Floyd Landis DQed in which he was elevated to second. He is lining up for his 11th Tour de France. He will be a key team mate in the mountain passes for the team leader. He finished just outside the top ten in last year's Tour so has the legs to help with pacing in the mountains before the attacks come in.
öden after Frank Schleck was expelled from the Tour. He is a good all rounder and has been his nation's time trial champion. This year his best result was 4th in the Tour Méditerranéen.
So Radioshack-Leopard have enough support there for Andy Schleck so that if the form is not up to him being a GC contender one of the others could slip into the role with Schleck maybe hoping to slip away and pick up mountain points or stages if he falls far enough behind not to be a threat. It is a cunning plan if your star rider hasn't yet returned to his best form.