Fränk Schleck embarks on comeback in Australia

Frank Schleck, Trek Factory Racing 2014

Fränk Schleck marked a relaxed return to racing at the Tour Down Under today following a 12-month doping ban.

The 33 year old finished the 135km punchy opener in the second group - four seconds adrift of stage winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) - and sits 15sec behind the race leader in the overall standings.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.