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Schleck sportsman of the year

By:
Gregor Brown in Marina di Bibbona
Published:
December 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:44 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for December 16, 2006
The man of the moment:

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Frank Schleck, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2005 and continued his success this season, has been...

Frank Schleck, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2005 and continued his success this season, has been awarded his country's sportsman of the year award. The Luxembourger's fame surged after he ended 2005 with podium finishes at Züri-Metzgete, the Giro dell'Emilia and the Giro DI Lombardia.

Schleck continued to display his emerging talent with a fifth place overall in Paris-Nice, and came back from a concussion suffered in the Vuelta al País Vasco to win the Amstel Gold Race. He followed up that performance with a fourth place in La Flèche Wallonne and a seventh in Liège-Bastogne-Liège race. Later in the season, he achieved one of every cyclists' main goals, winning atop the Alpe d'Huez in the Tour de France.

Frank Schleck beat out runner David Fiegen and his own brother and Team CSC teammate, Andy for the honours.

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