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Schleck brothers to reunite on Trek team in 2014

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July 23, 2013, 19:57,
July 23, 2013, 20:57
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Leopard Trek's Andy and Frank Schleck.

Leopard Trek's Andy and Frank Schleck.

  • Leopard Trek's Andy and Frank Schleck.
  • Andy Schleck (RadioShack) gets a push after a wheel change
  • An unhappy Frank Schleck during the Giro d'Italia

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Andy and Fränk both signed by WorldTour squad

Trek Bicycle added Andy and Fränk Schleck to the brand's 2014 WorldTour team roster. The brothers will reunite under the Trek banner, headlining the team throughout the racing season including the Ardennes Classics and Grand Tours.

The Schlecks are the team's latest signing, after Fabian Cancellara announced earlier this month that he would race for the team beginning next year.

"We're very excited to add two riders that bring the race experience and professionalism that Andy and Fränk both have," said Trek VP Joe Vadeboncoeur. "We've built a strong relationship with them in the past few years, and we can't wait to see what we'll be able to accomplish together next season"

"Andy and I feel very similar about Trek," said Fränk Schleck about the signing. "We have a good relationship and we hold Trek in our hearts. They supported me throughout the rough period I have been through - from the people on the road to the top management. We wanted to return this confidence and trust by signing on to their new project."

Fränk Schleck recently finished serving a year-long ban for his positive test for Xipamide at last year's Tour de France but shortly before the expiration of his suspension, he was informed that he would not be re-hired by RadioShack before the end of the season.

"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."

Trek is currently in the process of building the 2014 team roster.

StraussDieter More than 1 year ago
Signed at or near the minimum wage hopefully?
Fangtastic More than 1 year ago
I assume not as i thought that would be the kind of contract he rejected the other day from radioshack.
lakat47 More than 1 year ago
I think Andy would take a pay cut just to be racing with his brother again. It's kind of weird but whatever keeps your chain on.
loge1884 More than 1 year ago
maybe Trek pays the Schleck's from money they wish to get back from Lance ....
DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to Trek--for signing to mediocre riders. Neither is a contender in the classics nor a grand tour. And neither knows how to ride supporting others.
kdogg64 More than 1 year ago
Wow! I'm not a big fan of the AS, but his plamares are better than most. Winner of the TDF and LBL. Two second place finishes in the TDF and one second place finish in the Giro. Yeah, he's really mediocre.
TShame More than 1 year ago
We don't all recognize 'substitute' winners.
srsplato More than 1 year ago
They are hasbeen's! Without doping, they can't make it. Even if they weren't doping, they never seemed like the put the training in over the winter. When Andy shows up in the Spring, he is usually worthless! Gets dropped on all the big climbs. When he was younger he could pull it off and get in shape in time for the Tour, but he is too old to pull that stunt off anymore. So I agree, these two will never be world class again. I hope they did not pay a lot for them.
loge1884 More than 1 year ago
both had their success a few years back, Andy more than Frank, but agreed, both top riders until 2011 .... however since 2011 there hasn't been any display of significance .... would you be signing the likes of Ivan Basso, Damiano Cunego or Stefano Garzelli - all of them have a similar or even better palmarès compared to Andy and none of them seems to be able to show any impact these days .... personally I would rather sign some 'hungry' riders like Uran, Henao, Kreuziger, Talansky or even Porte (Quintana of course, but everyone will be targeting him anyway) whom you may use both ways: as a contender and if not as a supporter ....
Don Callander More than 1 year ago
Porte would be the most logical choice.
Jeff41 More than 1 year ago
Hope somebody does sign Porte, with a team protecting him and not being a workhorse rider in this TDF he would have come the closest to Froome, that day he lost 20 minutes there was nothing wrong with him, team orders, the guy is in the form of his life so why be a worker for sky when you do a realistic chance of winning the TDF unless it's the money !
CP2013 More than 1 year ago
... and Frank will need to dope again in order to keep up with Andy so that Andy will know what to do during the race.
Ecrinrock More than 1 year ago
And only one of them is smart enough to pass a drug test...Still gotta love Frandy thou!
wheel chaser More than 1 year ago
A move that will pay dividends for Trek. Of course those that can't complete a sentence without the implication of cheating in it won't think so.
RidemanRide100 More than 1 year ago
Pay dividends for TREK? Really. You think they would have learned their lesson the first time. Now that Frandy is racing clean there is NO WAY they are winning anything. Ever. DrBigRing sums it up.
Sueski More than 1 year ago
Don't agree with any of the above comments. Andy is starting to look good and with Frank they should make a great team again. If Andy tries to take Frank with him to the top of the mountains again, this could be his downfall.
loge1884 More than 1 year ago
well, from 20th overall to podium there is quite a long way .... if Andy had to serve any domestique work in TdF2013 it went completely unnoticed ....
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Great to see the Schleck brothers working on the same team in 2014. TREK is a very nice product, also.
loge1884 More than 1 year ago
does that translate into: no competition from Team Trek for the GC in TdF 2014`?
Pablo Jones More than 1 year ago
"TREK is a very nice product, also." That's definitely a matter of opinion...
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Like I said, my family has some of their commuter bikes, I have an alluminum and carbon frame, ridden hard, raced and put to bed wet. still holding together tight after 10 years hard useage. Nice product, do not see any in the junk heap!!
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
So much negativity about these riders on these boards... obviously all of you would have won the tour in 2010, if only you had known how to use EPO, and thats why you are reacting like this? I just hope Andy ever truely recovers from his injury, and becomes a contender again.
loge1884 More than 1 year ago
I imagine a fracture of the sacrum is rather painful and unpleasant .... however that was mid 2012, so should be cured by now .... most riders in the peloton have suffered injuries, some schlemiels even almost every year ... all but Andy recover fast, grit their teeth and off they go back on the road again, without whining about their unfortune ...
Wallander More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming . . .
wheel chaser More than 1 year ago
When he's back next year and pushing Fromme, Quintana, and the rest, silence will be the word of the day.