Schleck at the 2013 Tour de Suisse
|Full name||Andy Raymond Schleck|
|Nickname||Andy torticolis (Andy Torticollis)|
10 June 1985 |
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)|
|2004||Team CSC (stagiaire)|
|Infobox last updated on
9 October 2014
Andy Raymond Schleck (pronounced [ɑndi ʀɑɪ̯mond ʃlæk];[stress needed] born 10 June 1985) is a Luxembourgish former professional road bicycle racer. He won the 2010 Tour de France, being awarded it retroactively in February 2012 after Alberto Contador's hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has also been the runner-up at the Tour twice; in 2009 and 2011. He is the younger brother of Fränk Schleck, also a professional rider for Trek Factory Racing. Their father Johny Schleck rode the Tour de France and Vuelta a España between 1965 and 1974.
Early years and family
Andy Schleck was born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and is the youngest of Gaby and Johny Schleck's three sons. His older brother Fränk Schleck was also a cyclist on Trek Factory Racing, and his oldest brother Steve Schleck is a politician in Luxembourg. Andy's father, Johny Schleck, is a former professional cyclist and rode the Tour de France at the service of 1968 winner Jan Janssen and 1973 winner Luis Ocaña, and also managed to finish in the top 20 twice: 19th in 1970 and 20th in 1967. He won a stage in the 1970 Vuelta a España and the Luxembourg National Championships. Johny's father, Gustav Schleck, also contested events in the 1930s.
Andy Schleck joined VC Roubaix cycling club in 2004, and caught the attention of Cyrille Guimard, a sports director who became famous as the directeur sportif for several Tour de France winners, including Bernard Hinault, Laurent Fignon, Lucien Van Impe and American Greg LeMond. Guimard described Schleck as one of the biggest talents he had seen and compared him to Laurent Fignon.
Still an amateur, Schleck won the 2004 Flèche du Sud stage race at 18. As the Danish national team were in the race, word spread to the Danish Team CSC manager Bjarne Riis. Riis asked Fränk, already on Team CSC, about his brother, and Andy started as a stagiaire for Team CSC on 1 September 2004. He secured a professional contract with CSC, and made his debut in a ProTour race at age 19 (the 2005 Volta a Catalunya).
He and Fränk shared the 2005 National Championships, Fränk taking the road race and Andy the individual time trial. In 2006, Schleck crashed in the GP Cholet and took an eight-week break before returning for the Volta a Catalunya in May. In July, a few days after his brother won the Alpe d'Huez stage of the Tour de France, Andy won the major mountain stage in the Sachsen Tour, followed by the final stage, finishing 23rd overall.
In the 2007 Giro d'Italia, he won the young rider classification and was second in the general classification after Danilo Di Luca. He finished fourth at the Giro di Lombardia after helping his brother Fränk, who crashed with six kilometres to go.
In 2008, Schleck finished 4th in the Liège–Bastogne–Liège. His success continued in the 2008 Tour de France, in which he finished 12th overall, winning the young rider classification ahead of Roman Kreuziger and helping CSC win the team classification and Carlos Sastre the maillot jaune.
In 2009 he won the biggest victory of his career so far, when a strong April culminated with an impressive victory in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, as he became the first winner of the race from Luxembourg since Marcel Ernzer in 1954. A few days before he had finished runner-up in 2009 La Flèche Wallonne.
In the 2009 Tour de France overall classification, he finished the Tour in second place, behind Alberto Contador and ahead of Bradley Wiggins, along with finishing Stage 17 in 3rd place behind his brother Fränk Schleck (1) and Alberto Contador (2). He again won the young rider classification in the 2009 Tour de France.
In the 2010 Tour de France, he was much closer to the victory – against Alberto Contador again – but took what was at the time second place (by 39 seconds) and won Young rider classification for the third time in a row. Schleck was involved in a controversial incident on the Tour de France: When his chain fell off on a mountain stage, his main rival for the Tour, Alberto Contador, did not stop and thereby took the lead from Schleck. Some sections of the media saw Contador's behaviour as unsporting and felt he should have allowed Schleck to regain the lost time. Although some sections of the media and members of the peloton didn't have a problem with Contador's attack, and the incident produced this memorable quote "If you draw your sword and you drop it, you die." from Ryder Hesjedal. Schleck lost 39 seconds on that stage in the mountains, the same number of seconds by which he eventually lost the Tour de France. Schleck was only the second man to ever win the white jersey for best young rider 3 times; the first was Jan Ullrich who won in 1996–98. He also won two mountain stages, and rode in the yellow jersey for six days.
In February 2012 after Contador's CAS hearing Schleck was retroactively awarded the 2010 Title.
On 29 July 2010, Schleck and his brother Fränk announced their departure from Team Saxo Bank at the end of 2010. They formed a brand-new Luxembourg-based team with former Saxo Bank director Kim Andersen. Alberto Contador was hired to replace Andy Schleck as part of a two-year contract signed with Team Saxo Bank. In October 2010, the management of the new Luxembourg team revealed the team's website, labeled Leopard True Racing, leading to speculation that the team would race under that name. The team's name, as per Jakob Fuglsang, is simply Leopard Trek.
In April 2011, Schleck finished third in Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He then won the mountains classification of the Tour de Suisse. In the Tour de France, Schleck had a slow start but came to the mountains 5th overall. Through the Pyrenees Andy moved up to 4th overall. After losing almost 2 minutes on Stage 16, he finally won the mountainous 18th stage of the Tour de France on the Col du Galibier with a long solo breakaway ride. The day after, he finished 9th overall in the 19th stage of Alpe d'huez to take the yellow jersey from Thomas Voeckler, but he was overtaken by Cadel Evans in the penultimate stage of the tour, an individual time trial, placing Schleck in second place going into the final stage in Paris once again. His brother, Frank, also made the podium making them the first siblings ever to both make the podium in Tour history.
For the 2012 season, Leopard Trek merged with Team RadioShack to create RadioShack–Nissan, with Johan Bruyneel becoming team manager. In May, Schleck was awarded the overall classification win at the 2010 Tour de France after original winner Alberto Contador lost his legal battle relating to a doping offence. The ceremony was held in his home country of Luxembourg. At the Critérium du Dauphiné prologue, Schleck criticized Bruyneel for having spoken critically to the media of both Schleck brothers, saying that those matters should be dealt with internally, not in the media. On the race itself, Schleck had to abandon after losing a significant amount of time on the Overall Classification and crashing heavily on Stage Four's individual time trial, worsening a knee injury and suffering a fracture of the sacrum. He stated that he still had ample time to prepare adequately for the coming Tour de France, as it occurred often in recent years that he didn't perform well in the races leading to the Tour. On 13 June Schleck announced that he would not start in the 2012 Tour de France because of the injuries sustained at the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Schleck competed in the Tour Down Under, but had to withdraw on the final stage due to mechanical issues. He was nearly 40 minutes behind the leader in the general classification, and as such, would have finished last. Finishing 91st at the Gran Premio Città di Camaiore in February, Schleck completed his first UCI ProTour race since the 2012 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, a little less than a year later. Schleck, however, withdrew again at Tirreno–Adriatico, the Tour Méditerranéen, and the Tour of Oman, but managed to finish 57th at the Critérium International. Following the Critérium International, Schleck was again unable to finish at the Amstel Gold Race, although he later finished 86th at La Flèche Wallonne, 41st at Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and 25th at the Tour of California. Schleck then rode the Tour de Suisse in preparation for the Tour de France. While only finishing 40th in Switzerland, Schleck rode a season best of 20th at the Tour de France.
Schleck abandoned the 2014 Tour de France, suffering with injuries sustained as a result of a crash during stage three. In Luxembourg, October 2014, Schleck announced his retirement, citing a knee injury. In March 2015 Schleck announced plans to open a bike shop and café in Itzig. The shop opened in February 2016, and also includes a small museum with souvenirs from Schleck's racing career.
- 1st National Under-23 Road Race Championships
- 1st National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
- 1st Overall Flèche du Sud
- 1st National Time Trial Championships
- 1st Mountains classification Tour of Britain
- Sachsen Tour
- 1st Stages 3 & 5
- 2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
- 4th Giro di Lombardia
- 8th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 1st Young rider classification Tour de France
- 1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour de Pologne
- 4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 4th Road Race, Olympic Games
- 6th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 1st National Road Race Championships
- 1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 1st Stage 2 Tour de Luxembourg
- 2nd Overall Tour de France
- 2nd La Flèche Wallonne
- 8th Monte Paschi Eroica
- 10th Amstel Gold Race
- 1st National Time Trial Championships
- 1st Overall Tour de France
- 1st Young rider classification
- 1st Stages 8 & 17
- 6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 9th La Flèche Wallonne
- 1st Mountains classification Tour de Suisse
- 1st RaboRonde Heerlen
- 2nd Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 18
- Combativity Award Stage 18
- 3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 8th Overall Tour of California
Grand Tour general classification results timeline:
WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress
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