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Andy Schleck Will Lead RadioShack Team at Tour de France

June 19, 2013

Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, riding for Radioshack Leopard Trek, prepares for the start of a race in Santa Barbara, California, on May 16, 2013. Photographer: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Andy Schleck, the 2010 Tour de France winner, will return for cycling’s biggest race after sitting out the last edition because of a pelvis injury.

The 28-year-old will lead the RadioShack Leopard Trek team at cycling’s most prestigious event, with support from riders including Hamair Zubeldia and Jens Voigt, the team said today in an e-mailed statement. The race starts June 29 in Corsica.

Schleck of Luxembourg is a three-time runner-up who inherited the 2010 title when Alberto Contador failed a drugs test. After being beset by injuries over the last year, it would be “unrealistic” to expect him to win another podium place this time, RadioShack Leopard Trek general manager Luca Guercilena said in the statement.

“On the other hand, the lack of stress and pressure can be a positive stimulus to a brilliant performance,” Guercilena said.

Schleck’s older brother, Frank, is serving a one-year ban for doping after testing positive at the 2012 Tour de France while racing with the same RadioShack Leopard team.

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net


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