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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.
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Andy Schleck will be training for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Reno along with other athletes. The training includes a ride in the Tahoe- Pyramid Bikeway and Tour de Nez. The 2010 Tour De France champion came 20th in this year’s Tour.
His sports director is hopeful that he will finally get back to the top where has always been. Andy Schleck is expected to return for the 2014 season with his brother, Frank Schleck. Andy crashed in the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine which left him with a broken pelvis. He has been struggling to get back in the game ever since.
One of cyclist who is excited with his comeback will be andy schleck. This comeback is after his previous serious accident in the Criterium du Dauphine in 2012. It was a bad accident and he had to suffer from cracked sacrum. As the result, he had to take a long physical and personal treatment. Many people doubt that Schleck could cycle again and get his top level again.
However, andy schleck showed his confidence by finishing his three previous races tour in the top 2. Moreover, his team, RadioShack is also sure with the performance of their cyclist even for the Tour de France. It is said by the sport director of Schleck, Kim Andersen in which he has a great optimism after seeing the past result of three week tour. He was glad with the two tests in the Alps and at the Chorge and it will be a good sign for the next tours. The other thing which makes Andersen glad is that andy schleck rides his bicycle in fun, attacking, at the front, and even full with enthusiasm. Now, Schleck is preparing his performance for the next year tour and he will be in his 100% by 2014. It seems that his accident in 2012 will not give any kind of negative impact on his performance. It hopes that Schleck could show his best performance just like when he did it in 2013 on the 20th tour.
Definitely, andy schleck said the same thing in which he is in his high optimism to welcome the next year tour. In addition, it becomes his fifth tour and his first time off the podium. In short, Schleck is different if it is compared to three months ago. It is also true that Schleck will not join the Spanish tour. The next year goal for this cycling team is to get the top position of Chris Froome and Sky.
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The race organizers of the Tour of California have announced that eleven national and 7 world champions are going to be a part of the Tour of California along with the Tour de France’s former winner. But most of the cyclist will not be present at the Tour of California which is going to start on the 12th of May. Chris Horner who had won in 2011 will not be a part of the Tour of California because he is suffering from an injury. Other cyclists who will be missing the tour are Floyd Landis, George Hincappie, Levie Leipheimer and Tyler Hamilton. These popular riders are suffering a setback to their cycling careers because of doping scandals.
Michael Rogers- an Australian cyclist who has won the World Time-Trial Championships about three times is going to participate in the Tour of California though it is suspected that he is involved in the Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal. The Tour of California begins in Escondido and after a 750 mile race it ends in Santa Rose. It is an 8-day racing tour. The tour is going to be held in the same week in which Giro d’Italia has already started. This is the reason why many elite cyclists are not going to participate in the Tour of California.
However, the tour has been able to attract big names like Andy Schleck, Tejay Van Garderen, David Zabriskie, Francisco Mancebo, Peter Sagan, Tyler Farrar, Philippe Gilbert etc. Andy Schleck belonging to the Team RadioShack-Leopard has had a bad start this cycling season but he is ready to give tough competition in the Tour of California. He is capable of performing well because he has won Tour de France in the year 2010 and has stood second in the Tour de France in the years 2009 and 2011. His victories are a proof of his cycling abilities.