Andy Schleck: I didn’t want to be a disappointment to myself anymore

Scarcely four years have passed, yet they feel like a lifetime. In January 2011, they came in their thousands to watch Andy Schleck spearhead the launch of the new Leopard Trek team at Luxembourg’s Coque Arena. 30 kilometres away, at a rather more low-key gathering in his home town of Mondorf-les-Bains on Thursday morning, Schleck confirmed that his career as a professional cyclist had come to an end at the age of 29.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.