CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“Nobody is sure. The team will take that decision. We all have to wait for that and respect that decision,” Frank Schleck confirmed.

Photo: Sirotti

ANDY SCHLECK

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

FRANK SCHLECK

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR DE FRANCE

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR DE LUXEMBOURG

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR DE SUISSE

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

TREK FACTORY RACING

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
10.06.2014 @ 07:42 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

Schleck brothers’ declarations about being just about to reach the top disposition are repeated like a mantra this season, and after unspectacular in Frank’s case and purely disastrous in Andy’s performance at the Tour de Luxembourg, they will head to Switzerland, their last chance to earn spots in the Trek Factory Racing roster for the Tour de France.

 

“Nobody is sure. The team will take that decision. We all have to wait for that and respect that decision.”

 

The French grand tour certainly brings back the most beautiful memories in regards to both Frank and Andy, so it comes as no surprise that participation in the Tour de France is season’s biggest objectives for Schleck brothers, even though they certainly won’t line up in Leeds as title contenders this time around. If they will line up at all.

 

After racing on a home soil, where he finished ninth in the general classification and fairly promising performances at the Paris-Nice and Criterium International, the 34-year old Luxembourger and Tour de France podium finisher from 2011 kept somewhat bigger chances to appear in the French three-week event.

 

“It depends. You don’t always have to win. You have to show that you are good and that you are ready. That is also what the team considers in its decision-making, it’s not always about winning. You have to show that you want to go to the Tour de France. To go to the Tour should be an honour, not a duty.”

 

“In the Ardennes classics I was always in the first group. I am competitive,” he told Cyclingnews about his Spring Classics campaign. “My shape is good. I am very optimistic that the race will once be in my favour.”

 

As Frank returned to competition this season, under the banner of revamped Trek Factory Racing team, after serving a one year ban for doping, he was attentively following Michael Roger’s (Tinkoff-Saxo) case. Rather surprisingly, the 34-year old Luxembourger made far-reaching parallels between both cases, in regards to proved innocence and quality of performance after returning to competition. Commenting on the latter issue, Schleck insisted that only lack of fortune prevents him from repeating achievements of the powerful Australian so far this season.

 

“Michael faced the same thing as I did. You know that you didn’t do something wrong but the procedures take long. Knowing you did nothing wrong keeps you on track, keeps you fighting and keeps you motivated for training. It’s good to see what he does. I’ve missed some luck up until now,” Schleck said.

 

While still believing in making the Trek Factory Racing roster for the Tour, Frank refused to comment on his brother’s situation, evidentially tired of being questioned about Andy’s inability to live up to once very high expectations.

 

“I know there is a lot of criticism about Andy at the moment. And yes it bothers me because they are always asking me about it. You should ask him.”

 

“It’s a normal process that there are new riders every year. They grow up and get better. They want to get on the big guys’ tail. It’s so much harder to stay at a certain level than to arrive there. You can go from hero to zero very fast. But also the other way around.”

 

Hoping to put on some good performance in the Tour de Suisse and other upcoming events of 2014, the 34-year old revealed that he aims to play the leadership role in cycling squad for next to seasons between switching focus to sharing his undeniably broad experience and grooming young riders into future captaincy.

 

“I can teach them a lot of things but the most important thing is to learn them to have passion for cycling, to have fun. That’s what pulled me through last year; my wonderful wife and my passion for the sport, my love for the bike,” Schleck said.

 

“Winning is my drive, it’s still very special. I still dream about winning the Tour de France. I know it’s going to be very, very hard but the day I wake up and I don’t dream about winning anymore, you automatically lose the passion and it’s the time to quit.”

RELATED NEWS:

Didier: I always excel in brutal conditions »

Didier takes biggest career win in Colorado »

Voigt: If I had been 37, I would have won easily »

Busche: It's better to go down fighting »

Revamped Trek Factory Racing shapes up for 2015 »

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Vuelta a Espana stage 1 preview 23.08.2014 @ 19:00Breschel leads Tinkoff-Saxo in Hamburg 23.08.2014 @ 18:22Drucker disappointed with 5th in Veenendal 23.08.2014 @ 14:40Bennett leads NetApp in their big home race 23.08.2014 @ 14:36Orica-GreenEDGE with lots of potential winners in Poito... 23.08.2014 @ 14:33Uncertain Greipel leads Lotto in Hamburg 23.08.2014 @ 14:24Tinkoff-Saxo outline their Vuelta approach 23.08.2014 @ 14:21MTN-Qhubeka: Our goal is to be visible 23.08.2014 @ 14:18Mendes close to stage win in Colorado 23.08.2014 @ 13:43Danielson: I can't see anyone beating Tejay on thi... 23.08.2014 @ 13:30Didier: I always excel in brutal conditions 23.08.2014 @ 13:24Horner devastated at not being allowed to start Vuelta 23.08.2014 @ 13:19Majka: I don't think I can win this race 23.08.2014 @ 13:12Gilbert "The Vuelta is perfect Worlds preparation&... 23.08.2014 @ 13:07Van Garderen: Majka is a question mark 23.08.2014 @ 13:02Martin targets top 10 overall 23.08.2014 @ 12:52Aru "I have my Giro feelings again" 23.08.2014 @ 12:27Talansky in supporting role at Vuelta 23.08.2014 @ 11:07Contador "We'll see what happens" 23.08.2014 @ 10:56Froome ready to race 23.08.2014 @ 10:40Matthews extends for further two years 23.08.2014 @ 01:10Contador plays down Vuelta expectations 23.08.2014 @ 01:05Tosatto ready for 30th grand tour 23.08.2014 @ 00:59Reza: Now I am reassured 23.08.2014 @ 00:38Lampaert proves that he is ready for the WorldTour 22.08.2014 @ 23:41Didier takes biggest career win in Colorado 22.08.2014 @ 23:36Vingerling surprises in big one-day race 22.08.2014 @ 22:43Van Emden close to rare win in home classic 22.08.2014 @ 22:39Mixed emotions for IAM in Limousin 22.08.2014 @ 21:22Finetto: I was afraid of Kern 22.08.2014 @ 21:07Belletti breaks two-year drought in Limousin 22.08.2014 @ 20:57Lampaert takes solo win in Dutch sprint race 22.08.2014 @ 20:07Finetto and Belletti share the spoils on final day in L... 22.08.2014 @ 18:15Monfort: The Vuelta suits me better than the Giro 22.08.2014 @ 17:28MTN-Qhubeka make history in the Vuelta 22.08.2014 @ 17:22MTN-Qhubeka riders ready for Vuelta debut 22.08.2014 @ 17:18IAM outline their Vuelta goals 22.08.2014 @ 17:10Classy Vuelta field with numerous grand tour winners 22.08.2014 @ 17:07Contador: I don't think I will be able to ride for GC 22.08.2014 @ 17:04Rodriguez: I'm in the unknown 22.08.2014 @ 17:01Cavendish to lead OPQS in Hamburg 22.08.2014 @ 16:51Vattenfall Cyclassics preview 22.08.2014 @ 16:37Quintana and Valverde: It's only important that Mo... 22.08.2014 @ 15:28Stagiaire shines for NetApp-Endura in Colorado 22.08.2014 @ 13:47Viviani: I'm sorry, Jens 22.08.2014 @ 13:38Voigt: If I had been 37, I would have won easily 22.08.2014 @ 13:26Tinkoff-Saxo got Majka safely through tricky day 22.08.2014 @ 13:16Kohler: Viviani was 10kph faster than me 22.08.2014 @ 13:08NetApp-Endura extend with Barta and 7 additional riders 22.08.2014 @ 12:52Horner out of the Vuelta with low cortisol levels 22.08.2014 @ 12:39Vuelta a Espana: The outsiders 22.08.2014 @ 10:00Cunego still without a contract for 2015 season 22.08.2014 @ 09:00Pinot falls ill two days before the Vuelta 22.08.2014 @ 08:30Froome crashes again during the Vuelta TTT reconnaissance 22.08.2014 @ 08:00Viviani denies Voigt farewell win in Colorado 22.08.2014 @ 00:30

          
              

  > News
  > LIVE
 
  PREVIEWS
  > Daily previews
  > The favourite
  > Main challengers
  > Potential winners
  > Podium candidates
  > Outsiders

  > Route and profiles


 

Duber QUINTERO
24 years | today
Debby Van De BERG
34 years | today
Michael PHELAN
23 years | today
Olivier CURIER
28 years | today
Milos BOGDANOVIC
19 years | today
ALL BIRTHDAYS

© CyclingQuotes.com 2013