Fire damage forces Andy Schleck to close his bike shop

The Tour de France winner had opened the business after retiring from professional cycling, but will now have to temporarily close

Andy Schleck

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Former professional and multiple Grand Tour podium finisher Andy Schleck has been forced to temporarily close his bicycle shop after it was damaged in a fire.

Andy Schleck Cycles, which opened in February this year in Itzig, Luxembourg, will remain closed for a number of weeks due to the damage caused by the incident, according to British newspaper The New European.

The Luxembourger finished second in the Tour de France in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and was later awarded the win for 2010 when Alberto Contador was stripped of the title due to a doping violation.

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An early race crash in 2012 hindered his season and he was never able to get back to his best, calling time on his career after crashing on stage three of the 2014 Tour de France, as the peloton rode into London.

Schleck gained glory early in his career, winning the best young rider classification at the 2007 Giro d'Italia at the age of 21. He won the same classification at the Tour de France three times from 2008 to 2010.

His brother Frank will join him in retirement at the end of the current season.

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