Philippe Gilbert may be the huge favourite for Liège-Bastogne-Liège but Andy Schleck and his Leopard Trek teammates are determined to try and beat the Belgian with an aggressive race strategy in the hope of isolating him from his Omega Pharma-Lotto teammates.
At the Leopard Trek pre-race press conference, Andy and Frank Schleck again insisted Gilbert was beatable but warned that the ‘Doyenne’ of the classics is not just a battle against Gilbert.
“He’s beatable. It’s 260 kilometres; it’s not an easy race but don’t just want to beat Gilbert; we want to win the race,” Frank said.
“For Gilbert it doesn’t have to be a really hard race. For us, it has to be,” Andy pointed out. “We cannot sit back and wait. He can win in a sprint of 100.”
Leopard Trek has got close to victory in the cobbled classics with Fabian Cancellara but just came up short. Andy Schleck is hungry to land the team’s first big win and believes they just need a little luck to be able to crack the nut of fortune.
"We're just missing a little bit of luck to win a Classic. We could have won I believe three or four Classics if we'd had a little bit of luck, it's a big factor in cycling. You need it and we haven't had it yet but I'm sure one day the nut will open and we will win." he said on video.