Fränk Schleck

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Fränk Schleck
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Schleck at the 2011 Tour de Suisse.
Personal information
Full name Fränk René Schleck
Born (1980-04-15) 15 April 1980 (age 34)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Trek Factory Racing
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber/Puncheur
Amateur team(s)
1999
2000
2001
2002
2002
ACC Contern
De Nardi
Festina (stagiaire)
Chateauroux
CSC-Tiscali (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2003–2010
2011–2012
2014–
Team CSC
Leopard Trek
Trek Factory Racing
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2006, 2009)

Stage races

Tour de Luxembourg (2009)
Tour de Suisse (2010)
Critérium International (2011)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011)
Amstel Gold Race (2006)
Giro dell'Emilia (2007)
Infobox last updated on
31 March 2014

Fränk René Schleck (born 15 April 1980) is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer, who rides for UCI ProTeam Trek Factory Racing.[2] Schleck is the older brother of Andy, winner of the 2010 Tour de France. Their father, Johny Schleck, was a professional road bicycle racer between 1965 and 1974, as was their grandfather, Gustave Schleck, who contested events in the 1930s.

Fränk's greatest achievements include winning a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France which finished on the Alpe d'Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, and an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy and Alberto Contador. On 30 January 2013, Schleck was suspended for 12 months following a positive test for xipamide at the 2012 Tour de France. The ban, backdated to the date of the positive test, expired on 13 July 2013.[3]

Cycling career[edit]

After riding for the Luxembourg military sports programme, he moved to Italy to ride for De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa. In 2001, he tried out as a stagiaire for Festina, but when the team folded after the season, Schleck was left with no contract. He contacted Team CSC manager Bjarne Riis through their common youth coach Marcel Gilles of the ACC Contern amateur team.[4] Schleck rode 2002 as a stagiaire on Team CSC and signed to a pro contract by Team Manager Bjarne Riis in 2003.

2005[edit]

At the start of 2005, Schleck was joined by his younger brother Andy on Team CSC, and they split the 2005 national championships between them, with Fränk winning the road race and Andy winning the time trial. Schleck's breakthrough came in 2005, with three podium places in the last month of the season. He finished all three races behind Paolo Bettini (2004 Olympic Road Race winner) and Gilberto Simoni (two times Giro d'Italia winner), losing Züri-Metzgete to Bettini, the Giro dell'Emilia to Simoni, and finishing third behind both in the Giro di Lombardia. Schleck ended 2005 ranked 13th on the 2005 ProTour riders list. He extended his contract with Riis and Team CSC until 2008, one of three riders in the team with a three-year contract.

2006[edit]

The 2006 season started with a fifth-place finish in Paris–Nice. After a crash in the Tour of the Basque Country, he suffered a concussion.[5] He made his comeback in the Amstel Gold Race that month. Sitting with the favorites with ten kilometers to go, Schleck broke away alone up the Cauberg in Valkenburg for a solo finish while team mate Karsten Kroon disrupted the chase. Three days later he finished 4th in La Flèche Wallonne after a vigorous ride up the Muur de Huy where Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde proved unbeatable. Schleck's form continued days later with the Liège–Bastogne–Liège race, where he rode at the front for much of the latter half and finished 7th. In the Tour de France, he won stage 15 from Gap to Alpe D'Huez, where he broke away from Damiano Cunego 1.5 km from the finish.

2007[edit]

The 2007 season started with a 9th place finish in Paris–Nice. In the Amstel Gold race, he crashed with 47 km to go, eventually finishing 10th. His recovery continued at the Flèche Wallone where he finished 7th, but the day before Liège–Bastogne–Liège, it was announced that he had a fractured vertebra. He rode despite the injury and launched the decisive attack a few kilometers from the finish with Danilo di Luca. Di Luca attacked with one kilometer to go and Schleck faded to 3rd. Schleck won the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse, taking the yellow jersey; he eventually finished 7th. He could only manage 17th at the Tour de France but was part of the successful attack in the world championship, finishing fourth.

2008[edit]

In the Amstel Gold Race 2008 Schleck finished 2nd, behind Damiano Cunego of Italy. In Liège–Bastogne–Liège Fränk and his talented younger brother Andy Schleck put on a show. Only two riders were able to follow the two brothers when they attacked on the final hills of the day : Alejandro Valverde and Davide Rebellin. Andy had to let the other three riders go and finished 4th. In the final sprint Fränk came 3rd. In the Tour de Suisse Schleck crashed during a dangerous descent and fell into a ravine. Miraculously, he was mostly uninjured. A week later, Schleck became national champion of Luxembourg for the second time in his career. In the Tour de France 2008 he came 3rd in the first mountain stage. This took him to 2nd place in the overall classification, only one second behind the yellow jersey. Eight days later Schleck took the maillot jaune and the lead in the Tour after claiming the single second he needed to pass Cadel Evans. He later lost the yellow jersey on Stage 17 to his own teammate, Carlos Sastre. At the end of the Tour he finished in 6th position overall.

2009[edit]

Schleck at the 2010 Tour de France, wearing the colours of the Luxembourg national champion.

The 2009 cycling season started with the Tour of California, where Schleck managed to win stage eight. In March, Schleck placed second overall in Paris–Nice. On the 19 April, while attempting to repeat his winning 2006 Amstel Gold Race effort, Schleck crashed badly together with Matthew Lloyd. He was taken to hospital with a concussion, but was released the same evening.[6] Schleck made a rapid recovery, winning his home race, the Tour de Luxembourg, in June. No Luxembourger rider had won the competition since 1983.
On the 22 July he won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, reaching the finish line in the company of overall leader Alberto Contador and his own brother, Andy Schleck. He later finished 5th that year

2010[edit]

In 2010, Schleck won Stage 3 in the Tour de Suisse and then he put in a surprise in the final time trial. He ended up winning the race. While riding in Stage 3 of the 2010 Tour de France, Schleck suffered a triple fracture of his clavicle, which was sustained on a cobble-stoned section of the stage, and was forced to retire from the race. He later then rode the Vuelta a Espana where he finished 5th.

On 29 July 2010, Schleck and his brother Andy announced their departure from Team Saxo Bank at the end of 2010. They plan on forming a brand-new Luxembourg-based team, with former Team Saxo Bank director Kim Andersen.[7] In October 2010, one of the managers of the Luxembourg cycling project revealed the team website, which is labeled Leopard True Racing, leading to speculation that the team might race under this name.[8]

2011[edit]

By the 2011 season, Frank's new team was confirmed as Leopard Trek and Schleck won the Critérium International, along with a podium finish at Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and he also defended his Luxembourg National Road Race title. At the Tour of France;, on stage 12, Schleck attack towards the end of the final climb finishing 3rd on the Luz-Ardiden. Schleck ended up 2nd overall after the Pyrenees with his brother Andy sitting in 4th. Schleck then finished 2nd on the Col du Galibier behind his brother Andy. However both lost time in the final time trial to Cadel Evans who later won the Tour that year. He finished the race third along with his brother's second, marked the first time in Tour history that siblings had shared the podium. Schleck and his brother then signed with RadioShack-NissanTrek for the 2012 season.

2012–2013[edit]

Schleck started his season slowly as a member of the RadioShack-Nissan team. He decided to ride the Giro d'Italia but withdrew on stage 15. Schleck then showed his form when he finished third in the Tour of Luxembourg and then finished second in the Tour de Suisse. He was then selected to ride the Tour de France. On the 6th stage of the 2012 tour, Schleck crashed with about 25 km left, and lost just over 2 minutes, seriously hurting his chances of possibly winning the tour.

Schleck left the Tour de France after the International Cycling Union revealed he had tested positive for the banned substance diuretic xipamide.[9][10]

On 4 July 2013 RadioShack-Leopard announced that they would not be renewing Schleck's contract, leaving him without a team.[11] After Trek Bicycles purchased the World Tour licence of the RadioShack-Leopard squad later in the month, it was announced that Schleck would be signed by the team for the 2014 season.[12]

Doping allegations[edit]

2008[edit]

On 25 July 2008, one day prior to a decisive penultimate stage of the Tour de France 2008, the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung alleged a contact between Schleck and the infamous Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in December 2005. Authorities stated that no evidence had been obtained that would support such a claim.[13] The allegations in connection with Schleck followed a series of strong performances of the rider who wore the yellow jersey over several days and whose father's car had been the subject of a detailed search by French customs authorities during the Tour.

Prior to the 2008 UCI Road World Championships in Varese, Italy, on 26 September 2008, the Süddeutsche Zeitung published a further article on the connections between Schleck and Fuentes after claiming to have seen evidence on a bank transfer of €7000 from Schleck to a Swiss bank account linked to Fuentes. The existence of the evidence was revealed by German police and subsequently confirmed by Luxembourg prosecutors.[14]

Following Schleck's public admittance of such payment on 3 October 2008, Bjarne Riis and Team CSC Saxo Bank decided to temporarily suspend Schleck from any further races until the outcome of the doping allegations towards Schleck would be fully clarified.[15] Schleck was cleared from all allegations by the doping authorities of Luxembourg at the beginning of December.

2012[edit]

On 17 July 2012, Schleck was removed from the Tour de France by his team RadioShack-Nissan during the second rest day after his A-sample returned traces of Xipamide.[16] Schleck's B-sample confirmed the positive result.[17] Following the positive B-Sample the RadioShack-Nissan team suspended him[18][19]

In January 2013, it was announced that Schleck was handed a ban of one year by the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency, who specified that Schleck "had not ingested the substance intentionally" and as a result the standard two-year suspension was reduced to twelve months.[20] The ban became effective from the point of the original positive, 14 July 2012.[21]

Palmares[edit]

2005
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Road Race Championships
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4 TTT
2nd Züri-Metzgete
3rd Giro di Lombardia
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
7th Overall Paris–Nice
2006
1st Amstel Gold Race
10th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 15
2007
1st Stage 4 Tour de Suisse
1st Giro dell'Emilia
2nd Coppa Sabatini
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2008
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 1 TTT Tour de Pologne
2nd Amstel Gold Race
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Overall Tour de France
2009
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 8 Tour of California
Stage 8 Most Aggressive Rider
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
5th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 17
2010
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 2
3rd Klasika Primavera
5th Overall Vuelta a España
7th Amstel Gold Race
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2011
1st MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 1
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Overall Tour de France
6th Clásica de San Sebastián
7th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
2012
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
3rd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
7th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2014
6th Overall Critérium International

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro 42 WD
Yellow jersey Tour 10 16 5 5 WD 3 WD
golden jersey Vuelta WD 4

WD = withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Frank Schleck profile". 
  2. ^ "Trek Factory Racing (TFR) – USA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (30 January 2013). "Disgraced Schleck will miss Tour de France after failing drug test during last year's race". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Flying high close to home, CyclingNews, 1 December 2005
  5. ^ Schleck Crashes Out, Team-CSC, 5 April 2006
  6. ^ "Schleck, Lloyd crash out of Amstel Gold". 
  7. ^ Devaney, Jason. "Schlecks Confirm Departure from Saxo Bank." Universal Sports – Cycling. 30 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Could the Luxembourg team of Schleck brothers be named Leopard True Racing?". Velonation.com. 2010-10-24. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Frank Schleck to leave Tour de France after failing doping test". CNN. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tour de France star Frank Schleck positive for diuretic: UCI". The Times Of India. 18 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Fränk Schleck Surprised By RadioShack Dumping". Cyclingnews.com. 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  12. ^ "Andy, Frank Schleck sign with Trek". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 23 July 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Schleck unter Verdacht, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 25 July 2008
  14. ^ Schleck war Fuentes Kunde, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 26 September 2008
  15. ^ Press Release regarding Fränk Schleck, Team CSC Saxo Bank, 3 October 2008
  16. ^ Richard Williams in Pau (17 July 2012). "Frank Schleck tests positive for banned diuretic and is out of Tour". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  17. ^ "Fränk Schleck doping positive confirmed". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Justin Davis in Pau (2012-07-17). "Schleck controversy deepens RadioShack woes". VeloNews. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  19. ^ Shane Stokes (20 July 2012). "Frank Schleck’s B sample also positive for diuretic Xipamide; doping hearing looming for rider". VeloNation (Velo Nation LLC). Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  20. ^ Ben Atkins (30 January 2013). "Fränk Schleck handed one year ban by Luxembourg Anti-Doping". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Fränk Schleck given one-year doping ban". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kim Kirchen
Luxembourgian Sportsman of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Kim Kirchen