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Cycling deal off to intriguing start

Joining of RadioShack, Leopard-Trek teams a bit confusing from this side of Atlantic

Updated: September 12, 2011, 7:44 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

The agreement that will join the RadioShack and Leopard-Trek cycling teams at the hip, a bit of macro-surgery that has set the sport on its ear, isn't so much a merger as a splicing together of two organizations. It's still early, but last week the seams were showing.

After weeks of speculation -- and silence from the principals -- European media reports outed the deal and forced the two teams to issue statements that were enthusiastic, if somewhat incomplete. Riders, some faced with ...

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