Frank Schleck Selected For Tour Of France .

The Trek Factory Team has selected Frank and Andy Schleck for Tour de France 2014.  The Schleck brothers are both going to take part. The squad was announced on 25th June . The line up begins on 5th July in Leeds.

Andy won the Tour de France in 2010. In 2011 Andy and Frank ranked second and third as Cadel Evans won the title. After 2011 the performance of both the players have declined. In 2012 tour Frank proved positive for Xipamide which is banned hence he made a comeback this year in January for the Tour Down Under. Andy in the same year got his pelvis fractured and since then he is struggling.

Luca Guercilena the manager of Trek Factory Racing stated that the Schleck brothers will return to form by 2014.  As far as Frank is concerned he has been trying hard to come out as aggressive and for Andy everything is depended on his condition. In the Weekly Magazine of the Cycling Guercilena also pointed out that both the brothers might not get a renewed contract in their team due to their performance.

The riders have not won since 2011. The brothers will be joined by Danny Von Pappel of Netherlands, Mathew Busche of U.S.A, Gregory Rast and Fabian Cancellera of Switzerland, Haimar Zubeldei of Spain and Jens Voigt of Germany. In the stage of mountain Frank Schleck has been counted to be in top form. The tour will witness lot of climbing. Haimar and Frank are the two who are coming in with experience.

Frank coming in with confidence leaves Andy’s condition in a shaky position. However 2011 saw Frank winning Criterium International’s first stage and Andy holded Tour’s stage 18. Though both are capable but winning will be icing on the cake after a long time

Cancellara takes third Flanders win

Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara claimed his second victory on the trot at the Tour of Flanders taking his overall tally at the event to three at the end of a pulsating race last weekend which saw a four man sprint to the finish line with Cancellara taking the victory by the skin of his teeth.

The Trek Factory Racing team rider managed to pull out one of his finest displays in recent memory as he pulled away from the main group of pre-race favorites before the penultimate climb over the mountain and was a part of a four man breakaway group that managed to steer clear of the other contenders for most of the race.

It looked as if the Swiss rider did not have the energy to finish ahead of the other three in the pack and seemed to be wilting under the tremendous heat but he somehow dug deep into his energy reserves for one last gasp of breath and took the win ahead of Dutchman Greg van Avermaet of BMC who finished in second place.

This was the seventh victory for Cancellara in a Monument and he now becomes part of an elite pack of just six riders who have claimed the top race in Belgium for three times or more during the respective careers.

This win at the Tour of Flanders was also the perfect preparation for the Paris-Roubaix which is scheduled for this week and he is targeting another double at the Flanders-Roubaix for the second year running which will indeed be some achievement for him and will also hold him in good stead as he prepares for the Tour de France later this year.

He has claimed the Grand Tour as his prime target and his preparations for it have been great so far.

Cavendish Might Skip Giro

Mark Cavendish has declared possibilities on skipping Giro to ensure better preparation for Tour France which is scheduled for this July. It is the second time in his career that the Omega Pharma rider would be leaving out Giro.

Cavndish is looking forward to present a ready fight at Yorkshire right from the 1st stage with complete focus on bagging the prestigious yellow jersey. “I have no idea where I am competing past Dubai Tour”, said Cavendish. “Sometimes back in 2013, I was really tired yet still went on racing. It inevitably grinds your stamina down by the final of 6th month of that year. We would really wish to stay focused on it & assure that I am going all good for Tour France.”