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Tour gallery: Andy Schleck

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Luxembourg's Andy Schleck had a relaxed first stage in the yellow jersey.

Luxembourg's Andy Schleck had a relaxed first stage in the yellow jersey.
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Fabian Cancellara drills it on the front, pulling Andy Schleck away from his competitors.

Fabian Cancellara drills it on the front, pulling Andy Schleck away from his competitors.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) in the white jersey on the road to Morzine

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) in the white jersey on the road to Morzine
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) on the podium in Morzine

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) on the podium in Morzine
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is congratulated by Raymond Poulidour at the end of stage 8

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is congratulated by Raymond Poulidour at the end of stage 8
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The Saxo Bank team, with Andy Schleck leading the way.

The Saxo Bank team, with Andy Schleck leading the way.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).
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Andy Schleck at the start in Brussels.

Andy Schleck at the start in Brussels.
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Fabian Cancellara follows Andy Schleck through a turn

Fabian Cancellara follows Andy Schleck through a turn
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Andy Schleck hoping for some easy riding.

Andy Schleck hoping for some easy riding.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) back in the familiar white jersey, but hoping to exchange it for yellow.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) back in the familiar white jersey, but hoping to exchange it for yellow.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) attacks Alberto Contador (Astana)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) attacks Alberto Contador (Astana)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) put in a powerful attack near the end of stage 8.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) put in a powerful attack near the end of stage 8.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) leads Cadel Evans (BMC)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) leads Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) wins the first mountaintop stage of the 2010 Tour de France

Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) wins the first mountaintop stage of the 2010 Tour de France
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) exults at the finish

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) exults at the finish
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) wins the stage in the white jersey

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) wins the stage in the white jersey
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) timed his sprint to perfection against Samuel Sanchez

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) timed his sprint to perfection against Samuel Sanchez
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) claims his first Tour de France stage

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) claims his first Tour de France stage
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) takes his first Tour de France stage win

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) takes his first Tour de France stage win
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) bests Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) for the stage win in Morzine-Avoriaz

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) bests Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) for the stage win in Morzine-Avoriaz
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) took the best young rider lead from Geraint Thomas of Sky.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) took the best young rider lead from Geraint Thomas of Sky.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) waves to the crowd.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) waves to the crowd.
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It's all official now: Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is signed in for the day and rolls off towards the start.

It's all official now: Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is signed in for the day and rolls off towards the start.
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Luxembourg's Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is the Tour's new leader.

Luxembourg's Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) is the Tour's new leader.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) has a word with Tour rival Alberto Contador (Astana) as the duo put time into all the other GC contenders.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) has a word with Tour rival Alberto Contador (Astana) as the duo put time into all the other GC contenders.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) rides into yellow on the Col de la Madeleine ascent.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) rides into yellow on the Col de la Madeleine ascent.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) dons the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) dons the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.
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A relaxed Andy Schleck awaits the start of stage 10.

A relaxed Andy Schleck awaits the start of stage 10.
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The Tour's jersey holders await the start of stage 10 (l-r): Anthony Charteau, Andy Schleck and Thor Hushovd.

The Tour's jersey holders await the start of stage 10 (l-r): Anthony Charteau, Andy Schleck and Thor Hushovd.
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Tour leader Andy Schleck on the podium.

Tour leader Andy Schleck on the podium.
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Maillot jaune Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) has a word with Giro winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Doimo).

Maillot jaune Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) has a word with Giro winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Doimo).
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Alberto Contador (Astana) couldn't drop Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Alberto Contador (Astana) couldn't drop Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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Same time tomorrow? Andy Schleck (Saxo Banks) is in yellow ahead of the first stage in the Pyrenees

Same time tomorrow? Andy Schleck (Saxo Banks) is in yellow ahead of the first stage in the Pyrenees
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Follow the leader. Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) still holds yellow at the Tour

Follow the leader. Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) still holds yellow at the Tour
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Race leader Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) fights to limit his losses to Alberto Contador on the finishing climb.

Race leader Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) fights to limit his losses to Alberto Contador on the finishing climb.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) is embraced by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Alberto Contador (Astana) is embraced by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank) on the podium in Paris

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank) on the podium in Paris
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Tour champion Alberto Contador (Astana) shakes hands with runner-up Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).

Tour champion Alberto Contador (Astana) shakes hands with runner-up Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) leads race leader Alberto Contador (Astana) through the clouds.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) leads race leader Alberto Contador (Astana) through the clouds.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) at the finish

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) at the finish
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) takes the last corner

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) takes the last corner
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Andy Schleck tries to take it in that Alberto Contador has won the Tour de France

Andy Schleck tries to take it in that Alberto Contador has won the Tour de France
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) has a word with Alberto Contador (Astana).

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) has a word with Alberto Contador (Astana).
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) gave it his all in the time trial.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) gave it his all in the time trial.
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Andy Schleck celebrates his stage victory on the Tourmalet.

Andy Schleck celebrates his stage victory on the Tourmalet.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) set a furious tempo on the Tourmalet, but could not drop Contador.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) set a furious tempo on the Tourmalet, but could not drop Contador.
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Despite his age Andy Schleck has already been knocking on the Tour de France’s door for a few years, and this year he’s hoping to rise to the top step. After finishing on the podium last year Schleck is looking to put a rough start to his 2010 season behind him and challenge the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador for overall glory.

Schleck’s Saxo Bank squad has already suffered mixed fortunes at this year’s race. Andy pulled out a small margin on his general classification rivals on the important stage three, however he also lost brother Frank to a broken collarbone on the same stage. Frank would have been an important assistant – and possible contender himself – when the race reaches the mountain stages, and the loss of him from the Danish team will undoubtedly have an impact.