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Schleck to skip Haut Var and train in Mallorca

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Cycling News
Published:
February 15, 2013, 11:07,
Updated:
February 15, 2013, 11:17
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, February 15, 2013
A relaxed Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) before the start.

A relaxed Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) before the start.

  • A relaxed Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) before the start.
  • Road map to success? Andy Schleck weighs up his options in the woods of the Luxembourg Ardennes.
  • Thumbs up from Andy Schleck on the stage 4 start line.

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RadioShack rider not ready to race

Andy Schleck will not race this weekend’s Tour du Haut Var-Matin, with the RadioShack leader instead choosing to train in Mallorca. Schleck has raced once this season at the Tour Méditerranéen but abandoned on stage one, citing illness.

It prompted Schleck's team management to defend him after l'Equipe suggested that his comeback from injury is being hit by a lack of motivation rather than a lack of fitness.

He crashed out the Dauphine last June and missed the Tour de France. His brother Fränk was forced to quit the race after testing positive for Xipamide and subsequently received a one-year ban. Meanwhile, Andy has struggled for form and fitness and has failed to finish a race since the 2012 Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

"We were happy to see Andy doing well in training the last few days,” explained team manager Luca Guercilena. “There is however a big difference between training and race situations. We want to prevent a relapse because of the race. Andy’s main goals are situated later in the season. It’s better that we are cautious now instead of taking steps backward.”

Schleck is expected to part in the Grand Premio Città di Camaiore, on February 28.
 

avantage More than 1 year ago
He also raced in Tour down Under...
Marco Esteves More than 1 year ago
But he did not finished. (I think so)
avantage More than 1 year ago
I was responding to this line in the article: "Schleck has raced once this season at the Tour Méditerranéen but abandoned on stage one" He raced more than once, but yes, didn't finish TdU either, altough at least finished some stages.
Scott Smith More than 1 year ago
surprise, surprise!