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RadioShack Leopard does not re-sign Fränk Schleck

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July 4, 2013, 16:48,
July 4, 2013, 17:56
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Luxembourg champion Fränk Schleck Leopard Trek)

Luxembourg champion Fränk Schleck Leopard Trek)

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Luxembourg rider's future uncertain

With Fränk Schleck's doping ban set to end on July 14, the 33-year-old Luxembourger's team RadioShack Leopard announced today that his comeback to racing will not be with them.

"With the end of Fränk Schleck's suspension approaching, Leopard and its partners have assessed the situation in view of a possible renewal of the collaboration with Fränk Schleck," said the RadioShack Leopard team. "Having finalized this assessment in a broad and objective way, Leopard has decided to not renew the collaboration between Fränk Schleck and the RadioShack Leopard Trek cycling team.

"Leopard wishes Fränk Schleck a successful continuation of his career."

Schleck tested positive for the banned diuretic and masking agent Xipamide during last year’s Tour de France in an anti-doping control after stage 13, and received a 12-month ban. He recently told Cyclingnews that he's fit and training hard and expected to return to racing in the near future.

Fränk Schleck's brother Andy is currently contesting the Tour de France and is placed 34th overall at 34 seconds with the first mountain finish set to take place this Saturday at Ax 3 Domaines.

Ariel Conitzer More than 1 year ago
What? Andy is sure going on strike!
indurain666 More than 1 year ago
LRI44 More than 1 year ago
Indurain isn't the user name I would have picked, if this is suggesting we forget every riders name who dopes/tests positive ... cough cough Conconi cough cough
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
you understand that 666 is 'the mark of the beast' aka... the Devil, aka Dl Diablo, Satan, Lucifer, Prince of Darkness... you get it now??
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
You are truly encyclopedic, Terrence; great for the quiz shows, I reckon.
LRI44 More than 1 year ago
Clearly not else I wouldn't have commented haa
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
Yes doping sentences should be harsher, too many get just a slap on their wrist, while some get banned for life and blamed for everything that's going around - such hypocrisy... I'd say all teams should kill the contracts for anyone who gets "caught". They're not allowed to get caught, you know. Actually, isn't it more of the team doctor's fault, and not the riders. ;~P
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Really unfair of Leopard to kick Frank in the teeth when he is down. He served his sentence, what more do they expect from him?
RidemanRide100 More than 1 year ago
It isn't a charity event. These are professional athletes riding for pro contracts. He hasn't performed well over the past few years. What about the other guys not getting a contract renewal who didn't cheat?
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
Well they kept Luigi, so doping is not really an issue for Trek. It must have to do with F. Schleck's performances before he got banned then. He pulled out of the Giro in a controversial manner last year for instance.
G3K762mm More than 1 year ago
Past few years? As I understand, a "couple" means two and a few is "3 or more". A shade less than two years ago, he was standing on the podium on the Champs-Elysees, alongside his brother Andy and Cadel Evans. That year he also won the criterium International and finished on the Podiun in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Last year, he finished on the podiums of the Tours of Luxembourg (3rd) and Suisse (2nd), before the suspension. Most professional riders would be content to have just that year and a half on their palmares. Yes, he's older and I understand the doping issue, but you cannot he say hasn't performed. IMHO, Andy is a bit fragile mentally and while many suspect he may not return to his prior level, I think without Frank by his side, the likelihood is greatly reduced. I think that while they "said" they're keeping Andy, I see a buy-out that'll see him go wherever his brother ends up. I agree with the Roche article today that they need not look to the past, but start a ZERO tolerance policy as of 01 Jan 2013. Dope, then you are a dope, and no longer a professional cyclist. Ever.
Big Doopie More than 1 year ago
yup. and he did all that doped to the gills.
Brian Handy More than 1 year ago
I have a feeling this is a bit of an F. U. towards both Schlecks from Becca. To take it a step further, I think the timing was designed to disrupt Andy's tour. Flavio's out of cycling come Jan.1 and the deal has already been signed. Now he's free to pursue a bit of personal vengeance, for a project with the Schlecks that's gone quite sour. I would imagine Trek will resign him for next year as soon as they have operational control.
G3K762mm More than 1 year ago
Agreed. Any chance, however slight, of Andy performing well is sure to put an end to that. Despite the fact they said they're keeping Andy, the timing tells me they don't want him doing well and taking those points somewhere else.
Adrian Nastasoiu More than 1 year ago
He won't bring any points because of his suspension.Contador and Valverde are in the same situation.
G3K762mm More than 1 year ago
I stand humbled & corrected. That slipped my mind. Remeber the uproar about Contador's points.
G3K762mm More than 1 year ago
I see that Frank cannot bring his points, but my point was ANDY likely won't ride without Fank, and if he did well, Andy would take those points elsewhere, no?
Dan Vella More than 1 year ago
Tonton More than 1 year ago
No, Milli Vanilli.
maplethedog More than 1 year ago
Blakeslee More than 1 year ago
Bravo! Another rider who failed a test and yet refused to come clean. Riders like Frank can't go away fast enough.
tralala More than 1 year ago
i reckon you think millar is teh model? win millions of dollars cheating and disrespecting fellow competitors and fans and when you get caught say i didn't even like winning like that, i'm so depressed pleaaaaase forgive me?" wink-wink"?? there is no model or path, either you forgive everybody and reinstate them or you don't. they all cheated equally and fans shouldn't be picky about who's more honest or sorry. and they all did it for the money!
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Millar was lucky he had the charm plus his articulate style plus Jonathon Vaughters. Any other case with his flappin' lips, no team would hire Millar. I guarantee you if F. Schleck talked he would be blackballed from pro cycling in any country.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
We don't know all the details, could be he wanted too much money. Can't see Andy signing w/o Frank though. so we'll have to see how it all ends up.
ridein More than 1 year ago
"My stomach is full of anger, and I want to take my revenge,” Andy said. Since Frank is Andy's crutch, maybe this is how RST get Andy fired up.
FabiquesAnquetillara More than 1 year ago
I would bet Andy will quit the TdF before Pyrenees.
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
well ,well a wont be surprised one day all the riders will go on strike then say enough his enough those guy suffer so much in the bike ,what move they do in a private life they have too tell where they are soon they has too declared when they are in the bedroom and what they are doing ,common all a total joke,why pick up on cycling what about the others sports his worse.