Andy Schleck Will Lead RadioShack Team at Tour de FranceAlex Duff
Andy Schleck, the 2010 Tour de France winner, will return for cycling’s biggest race after sitting out the last edition because of a pelvis injury.
The 28-year-old will lead the RadioShack Leopard Trek team at cycling’s most prestigious event, with support from riders including Hamair Zubeldia and Jens Voigt, the team said today in an e-mailed statement. The race starts June 29 in Corsica.
Schleck of Luxembourg is a three-time runner-up who inherited the 2010 title when Alberto Contador failed a drugs test. After being beset by injuries over the last year, it would be “unrealistic” to expect him to win another podium place this time, RadioShack Leopard Trek general manager Luca Guercilena said in the statement.
“On the other hand, the lack of stress and pressure can be a positive stimulus to a brilliant performance,” Guercilena said.
Schleck’s older brother, Frank, is serving a one-year ban for doping after testing positive at the 2012 Tour de France while racing with the same RadioShack Leopard team.