Tour de France 2010 winner Andy Schleck and Trek Factory Racing have called a press conference for this Thursday (October 9), prompting rumours that Schleck could be soon to announce his retirement from pro cycling.
The Luxembourger’s form has been dismal since he fractured his hip at the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine, having not recorded a professional win since then, with a 20th place at the 2013 Tour de France standing out as his best result.
Schleck’s fortunes went from bad to worse this year though, as he crashed out on stage three of the Tour de France in London, severely damaging his knee to the extent that he hasn’t ridden since.
The injury came as a double blow to the 29-year-old as he was riding to try and secure new contract with Trek, with his current deal set to expire at the end of this year. His wavering form plus the injury made it increasingly unlikely that the team were going to renew terms, fueling speculation that he could cut his losses and retire.
Schleck dismissed retirement rumours shortly after the Tour crash, saying to Cyclingnews: “I want to carry on. I feel like I still belong in cycling. I don’t want to stop because of a crash.”
“I thought for a moment that it might all be over but I don’t want to give up like this. I crashed out of the Tour and that’s not how I want people to remember me,” he said.
Andy’s brother Frank, who has also struggled with form since returning from a doping suspension in 2013, earned himself a new two-year contract with Trek after some better displays during races this year.
The younger of the two brothers, Andy Schleck finished runner-up in the Tour three consecutive times between 2009 and 2011, before being awarded the win in 2010 after Alberto Contador failed an anti-doping test.
Other notable results in Schleck’s palmares include finishing runner-up at the Giro d’Italia 2007 and winning Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2009 as well as two other podium finishes in the spring classics.
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