RadioShack to ride for Levi Leipheimer

Johan Bruyneel said RadioShack will rally its forces around Levi Leipheimer after Lance Armstrong lost all hope of winning the 2010 Tour de France.

Armstrong lost 11:45 after a crash at the base of the Col de la Ramaz knocked him out of contention, but Leipheimer kept RadioShack’s podium options alive after he finished safely with the elite group of 13. Leipheimer crossed the line eighth at 10 seconds behind Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and slotted into eighth overall at 2:14.

“It’s obvious that Lance will not be able to win the Tour, so now we will look for new options for the team,” Bruyneel said after Sunday’s stage. “We will ride to support Levi and maybe Lance can recover to try to win a stage.”

Leipheimer is in eighth place on GC, at 2:14.