Team CSC has just extended the contracts with the two talented Schleck brothers from Luxembourg. 26 year-old Fränk Schleck had a major break through in 2006 with a victory in the Amstel Gold Race and a win on the famed Alpe d'Huez in Tour de France. 21 year-old Andy, in his second season as a pro with two victories, is considered one of the greatest talents of his generation.
"We're extending with two huge talents here," explained sports director Kim Andersen, who has worked closely with the Schleck brothers during the last couple of seasons. "Fränk has joined the ranks of the big profiles this season ... I predict him to be among the top-5 in Tour de France within the next two years. His third place in the ProTour rankings is a testimony to the fact that he's an all-round rider and he should continue to do different types of races."
"I've been with Team CSC for four years now, and it's one of the reasons why I've achieved the results that I have," said the winner of Amstel. "It's important for me that I'm able to do different types of races, because I'm not ready to take on the part of a captain in the big stage races yet, which is why I would like to continue to assist Carlos Sastre in the Tour for now. This does not mean I won't get the opportunity to make some results of my own and I still have a lot of ambitions as far as the classics and the ProTour go."
Andersen continued, "Andy is a man of the future and has impressed everyone during his first two years as a pro. There were several other teams, who had their eye on him, but fortunately for us he chose to extend his contract for another two years, which I believe is perfect for both him and us in the future."
"To me Team CSC is the best team in the world and I'm very happy to stay here. I've come far during my first two years as a pro and I've still got a way to go before I reach the highest level. But I hope to be up front in the big races within a couple of years," said Fränk's brother, Andy.
Fränk Schleck's contract has been extended until the end of 2009 and Andy Schleck's until the end of 2008.