Andy Schleck’s son, a three year old boy was one of the few well wishers who lined up to wish The Duchess of Cambridge when she visited Luxembourg this week.
The little boy was holding a little posy of flowers, but when he was in front of the Duchess he was overcome with tears and felt bashful. Kate had been there to be part of the cycling themed festival that was held in Place de Clairefontaine. The boy being the son of a legendary cyclist was one of the privileged, well wishers who could wish the royal lady with a hand bouquet. However the pressure of meeting royalty definitely overwhelmed him as was evident from his reaction.
Jil Schleck, his mother, later recounted how Kate consoled the little boy who felt shy and burrowed his head in his mother’s shoulders. Kate is a mother, was patient and endearing to the little boy. (more…)
Andy Schleck, the tour de France winner of 2010 will be joining the Thailand Cycle Tours as they go through a special training camp/ tour in the Royal coastal resort of Hua Hin in Thailand in March 2017.
This announcement was made by the company, one founded in 2013 by Luxembourger Lucien Kirch. It would be the first time a former winner of the Tour De France has agreed to head such an event in Thailand.
The Thailand Cycle Tours team is hoping to make it a really special and unforgettable experience. In addition to the private tour days based around the beautiful tropical coastal resort, the team will be inviting guest to partake in a Charity Gala Dinner hosted by Andy in the Intercontinental Resort. (more…)
After walking away from the sport he has so much passion for, the 2010 tour de France winner has admitted in a recent interview that he truly misses cycling.
Andy schleck had been put out of the game, although reluctantly due to a career ending knee injury that meant a permanent end for his time on the track. He had incurred the injury at the end of his last season and it had been a permanent damage to his knee.
While Andy may seem to be adjusting quite well to his life in retirement, which is quite surprising, as he did not quit the game of his own accord, he was quoted in a recent interview with the famous Luxembourg newspaper le qoutedien to have said that he truly misses cycling.
In his statement, he said:
“The doctors told me I would need a new knee by the time I was 35,” the news had come as quite a shocker and a disappointment to the sportsman as he said it brought him great fear and concern for his health. (more…)
Andy Schleck is the winner of the Tour De France in 2010.
This man is remembered for the racing tussles he has had with Alberto Contador. He retired from professional cycling in 2014. At present, he has set up a bike shop or a museum in Itzig and has been running the shop since February 2016. This keeps him very busy and Andy loves this new job. He spends his full time on the job and is very happy to have set up the bike shop.
Schleck is running this shop along with his father in law and it is located outside the Luxembourg City. There are three popular brands of bikes sold in his shop: Trek, his former employers, Focus and Cervelo. The shop also has a small exhibition center that features souvenirs of Andy Schleck’s career as a cyclist. It also houses a small cafe.
Andy Schleck is happy to run the shop and share his experience on the bikes to all his clients. He is in the store all the time and is working full time to greet and educate his customers about bikes. In addition to the brand of bikes, there are three clothes brand that Andy promotes in his shop namely: Castelli, Craft and Bontrager.
Those who are fans of Andy Schleck will surely love the fact that he is taking time to influence the current riders and contestants.
For instance, he has been motivating Jungels to stay calm, telling him that he would be capable of winning the Giro d’Italia if he stays calm, allows the others to create the way ahead and follow the same. He should know the tactics as he has been a former rider. He had received the tag of being the youngest rider in town, especially in 2007 when he came second in the Giro d’Italia event that year.
Today he takes the role of motivating his fellow countrymen who pursue the same sport. Bob Jungels is not only a country man for him, but also a former teammate. He wishes to inspire his teammate on the way he could win events like Giro d’Italia. Before the Giro d’Italia Bib had already won the Etixx QuickStep that he was leading in 12 stages. However, several mountainous stages still remained to be conquered and for that he needed the right aid and advice. (more…)
Amaury Sport Organization has declared that they are all set to bring a taste of Tour de France to 2 United Kingdom sportives later this year.
Riders participating in L’Étape London and the very recently rebranded Dragon Ride L’Étape Wales would several features linked with most high profile race of cycling.
Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales (5th June) would feature a timed King of Mountains division. The fastest female and male riders up it would get a couple of tickets to the end of this year’s Tour de France on Champs-Élysées.
An alike feature in the L’Etape London (25th September) will see cycle riders taking part over a one kilometer timed section at the race’s end. A number of official Tour de France jerseys would be up for grabs for fastest male, female as well as junior riders.
As a whole, the sportives, would also offer a Tour flavour. A ‘Tour de France Legends Start’ would see messages from several riders who have sported the yellow jersey, while each path would have French themed feed stations.
The end-line is reported to be inspired by the last stage of the Tour. There, the riders would get a yellow jersey medal to note their accomplishments and getting the scope to have their own glorious moment atop a replica Tour de France winner’s podium.
Andy Schleck is gradually learning to make peace with his forced retirement. The young rider has declared to open up a bike shop in Itzig town of Luxembourg.
The 2010 Tour France champion comes across as a positive person who is striving towards a positive & meaningful future even when his potential cycling career met with a doom. As per the recent reports, the junior Schleck is all set to launch a bike shop – which somehow would be able to maintain his ties with his beloved sport.
“We would, certainly, be selling the Trek bikes”, stated Schleck who was a part of Trek Factory during his rider days. “The store won’t just be a mere lobby with the bikes at display.”
“Actually, we wish to offer a very valuable service. I am looking forward to channelize my skills & my very athletic experience and approach to customer service.
Andy would be launching the bike store in partnership with his dad-in-law Mr. Jeannot Delvaux & the new store has been entitled as “Andy Schleck-Schleck-Delvaux Cycles Associates”.
It was a persistent & stressful knee injury which forced the junior Schleck to get into retirement & bid adieu to his otherwise prospective career as a rider. He was compelled to take leave from the professional cycling sector at the final quarter of 2014. Andy was felicitated with the recognition of 2010 Tour France winner after the Spanish rider Contador (Alberto) was ripped of the honor given doping controversies in the year 2012. (more…)
Norman Ellis Gregory has reportedly joked that long life is a part of his family. The war veteran of Suffolk has recently celebrated his 93rd birthday but he isn’t relying on his luck. He takes a bicycle ride every day to keep his fitness up and records the miles he rode. The previous year, he had clocked up a total of 3500 miles.
He says that he wakes up every day and then brushes, shaves, have breakfast and by 9 he is out cycling. In normal mornings, he ventures out cycling and rides for two hours and then if he feels that he is going good, he sometimes even takes up a third hour.
As he lives in the Suffolk countryside, the area is a bit rolling and is very much approved for a spin. The lanes are quiet and very good for a ride in the tranquility. He is not attempting any world record but even then he does 10-20 miles each day on the cycle and always records the distance in a log. Although he loves being out on his cycle, it is the exercise that it gives him that excites him to come out every day. (more…)
The funding of the elite sport by UK consultants is going to come to an end soon. The cycling federation of UK is trying their level best to put their opinion first. It is hailed as a partial treatment towards the elite whereas it should be an all round participation.
UK is targeting the investment which allows the cyclists to win medals and awards. In 2012 UK reached third position from 36th at the Games Medal of Atlanta. The funding is considered as transformational since it tries to bring about a balance. It will also allow the nation to grow and become the number one country in terms of funding in cycling is concerned. (more…)
2010 Tour France champ Andy Schleck has reportedly announced retirement from riding. The news is quite a shocker in the light of the successful cyclists mere 29 years of age.
“There has been huge speculation and now I need to confirm all the speculations”, stated a morose Schleck while addressing a press conference from his home town.
I won’t be a rider next year. I actually hurts. I had to take this decision following my ill health after the crashes.”
The younger of the Schleck brother-duo, won Tour France 2010, after Alberto Contador was suspended on doping grounds. He was also victorious at Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2009 7 has got many podium finishes under his sleeve. But sadly, the serious crashes of late pulled the brake for him.
His last race was Tour France 2014 where he succumbed to a bad crash on the London streets.
“I had my operations in Basel, I was able to cycle but it was my knee which did not stop swelling. I was very painful. My physician said that he cannot do anything further. I was hopeful that it would get better, yet it did not”, Andy was having a hard time collecting himself.
“Thoughts came- what would I be doing with the knee, especially my life & cycling career? It was not easy for me but I had to come up with this decision that riding is over for me and I decided that I would draw an end to my career by the final of 2014.”
The younger Schleck brother had his last ever triumph atop Tour France championship’s highest finish, at Col Galibier 2011 stage 18.
‘I recall back with smile. I am quite proud of my achievements”, he added on. “Like the Galibier stage. It was completely my idea since nobody agreed to do that in the squad.”