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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.”
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Good news for Andy Shelck fans- After a tough 2013, the famous Luxembourgish rider is hopeful about a rebounce in the coming year with his brother Frank Schleck. Luca Guercilena, the general manager for Trek Factory stressed on Shelck brothers returning to glory in 2014.
“Andy & Frank’s return to grace is significant as the fans and sponsors are expecting something good from them but they must have that for themselves as well”, stated Guercilena.
Always been the favorite cyclists of Luxembourg, Andy & Franck faced a somewhat rocky track off late. Andy crashed down badly in 2012 Criterium Dauphine and fractured sacrum that led to a long-term injury for him. Albeit Frank managed to lead Trek Factory for Tour France in 2012 yet got suspended on dope consumption that ended in July 2013. He was all set to contend for Vuelta Espana but was denied by Flavio Becca, the erstwhile team owner.
The problems further extended due to Johan Bruyneel, the former team manager, who placed the two brothers on 2 different racing sessions that was surely upsetting for both of them. However, the situation changed when Becca replaced the Belgian team manager.
The running Trek Factory general manager is hopeful about Andy and Frank’s betterment in the coming year. In his own verse- “Andy has recovered well this year and seems much better than he was last year in 2012- however, he still has to improve a lot to rebound back to his former fantastic 2011 form. Thus, it’s significant that he enjoys a solid winter so that he can be all set by the commencement of the new season in 2014. He doesn’t need to win right from the initial stage but he must be in a better position that what he is this year. “Frank has been training really hard & he would be all geared up to contend the coming year.”
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Andy and Frank Schleck will reunite under the same team banner in 2014 after Trek Bicycle announced the signing of both riders on Tuesday. The Wisconsin-based bike brand purchased the World Tour racing license of the RadioShack-Leopard team earlier this season and is building the roster for its debut season.
RadioShack classics captain Fabian Cancellara announced in June that he had signed with the team for three years. Luca Guercilena, current general manager at RadioShack, will serve as GM with the new squad.
Frank Schleck served a one-year doping suspension after testing positive for banned diuretic Xipamide during the 2012 Tour de France. He became eligible to race again earlier in July, but did not come to terms on a contract with current RadioShack owner and fellow Luxembourger Flavio Becca. Schleck has denied that he used the substance intentionally and the Luxembourg anti-doping agency gave him a reduced sentence.
“I’m happy to re-sign with the Trek family and be a part of this project. The jersey of the team may be different but I’m happy that a large part of this team will remain intact,” said Andy Schleck. “I’m really looking forward to the future with this team.”
The Schleck brothers were key components in assembling the Leopard-Trek team that in 2013 became RadioShack-Leopard. Becca and previous GM Brian Nygaard assembled the squad around Frank, Andy, and Cancellara, but a debut season short on results led to Nygaard’s departure. Becca hired Johan Bruyneel to manage the team in 2012, but a public dispute between the riders and Bruyneel, and the Belgian’s ties to the U.S. Postal Service doping conspiracy, led to Guercilena replacing him late in the year. Much of the team structure from the current RadioShack squad should transition to the new Trek team, according to the Italian GM.