What became of Andy and Frank Schleck, Contador's rival brothers

The two Luxembourg brothers were great figures in the peloton in the late 2000s and early 2010s, conquering a Tour de France and several classics.


The successes of Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre in cycling in the late 2000s cannot be understood without the presence of the brothers Frank and Andy Schleck, two of their great rivals and great figures of the squad during that time, in addition to being emblems of historical teams such as the CSC or the Leopard. We review the trajectory of the two Luxembourg runners and what they are currently engaged in.

The uncovering of Frank in Amstel and Alpe d'Huez

Children of the also former rider Johny Schleck, who competed for six seasons in the ranks of Bic and who won a stage in the 1970 Tour of Spain Frank, the older brother, was the first to shine after competing in 2000 at De Nardi and in 2001 at Festina, before making the leap to CSC in 2002. He would not excel until 2005, where despite not adding any victory he would shine in events such as Paris-Nice, Tour of Switzerland or climbing to the podium in Lombardy. It was the prelude to what would happen in 2006, when Frank Schleck would add his first great victory in the Amstel Gold Race in addition to being Top-10 in Arrow-Walloon and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. After being sixth in the Tour of Switzerland, the Luxembourger achieved a prestigious victory at the top of Alpe d'Huez to finish tenth in the Tour de France.

The hatching of Andy in the Giro and the fight of the Schlecks with Carlos Sastre

In 2007 Frank was third Vuelta Comunitat Valenciana and also in Liege-Bastogne-Liege before winning Giro dell'Emilia. However, that year we discovered the talent of his brother Andy, who with only 22 years old managed to finish second in the Giro d'Italia after Danilo di Luca and be the best young man in the race, in addition to achieving a creditable fourth place in the Giro de Lombardy.

The 2008 season promised for the Schleck brothers, since Frank was second at Amstel and third in Liege, just ahead of his brother. In fact, with the help of Andy, Frank became leader of the Tour de France for two days in the midst of the internal fight that was in the CSC between the Schleck and Carlos Sastre. However, the attack from Avila on the first ramp of the final climb to Alpe d'Huez caused Cadel Evans to monitor the movements of the Schlecks and Frank to give up the lead in favor of Sastre before losing his podium place on the clock final. Andy also fought to the end in the road race of the Beijing Games, where he came in the group that played the victory to finish in fifth position in a test in which Samuel Sánchez won the Olympic gold.

The Schleck's fight with Contador and the conquest of the Tour

The year 2009 provided another new opportunity for the Schlecks to storm the Tour de France after the lesson learned from last season. And both Andy and Frank proved to reach the Gallic round in top form with Frank's second place in Paris-Nice and second position in Flecha Wallonia and the triumph in Liège-Bastogne-Liège by Andy. However, they found a powerful Astana in which Alberto Contador proved to be the great dominator of the race despite the insistence of Andy, the man who put the pinteño in more trouble. Frank managed to win the Le Grand Bornand stage and be fourth overall after Armstrong's disqualification while Andy would finish second after Contador and conquer the best youngster's white jersey.

After the announcements of 2008 and 2009, the third was the expired for the Schleck brothers. In the 2010 season Frank arrived after shining again in the Ardennes, like Andy, and conquering a stage and the general in Switzerland. However, Frank had to leave in the third stage after suffering a broken clavicle on the day of the Pavés on the way to Arenberg. In this way Andy had to face to face with Contador, managing to win the stage of Morzine-Avoriaz and positioning himself as leader after the stage of Saint Jean de Maurienne. Andy would give up the lead against Contador in Bagneres-de-Luchon although he would prevail over the pinteño at the top of the Tourmalet to finish second on the podium in Paris. However, Contador's positive for clenbuterol led Andy to become the winner of that edition after the loss of the Madrid title. However, the lights of the Tour turned into shadows on that year's Vuelta, when Bjarne Riis kicked Andy and Stuart O'Grady out of the race for drinking alcohol on one of the race's rest days.The two Schlecks on the podium and the start of the decline due to injuries and doping

The 2011 season was also a great year for the Schlecks despite resisting the title in the Tour de France. Frank came after stroking the title in a Liege in which his brother was third. However, on the Tour Andy looked like he could win the yellow jersey after his victory at Serre Chevalier and take the lead before the final time. However, in that time trial Cadel Evans was intractable and managed to add his first Tour de France, with Andy Schleck second and Frank in the third drawer of the podium.

However, after this success came the decline of the Schlecks. Andy was unable to take the start in the 2012 edition due to a fracture in the pelvis, while Frank was removed during the race after testing positive for Xipamide, a diuretic, so he had to complete a year of sanction and did not compete throughout the 2013 season. For his part, Andy returned to the Tour in 2013 although very far from his best level, finishing in 20th position overall.

A year later, in 2014, Andy Schleck would announce his retirement due to repeated knee problems. After serving his doping sanction, his brother Frank returned to compete in the Tour that year, finishing in twelfth position. A year later Frank Schleck would participate in the Vuelta a España achieving stage victory in the demanding climb to the Ermita de Alba. It was the last great victory for the oldest of the Schlecks, who would hang the bike at the end of the 2016 season.What are the Schleck brothers doing now?

Currently Andy Schleck has a bicycle shop in the Luxembourg city of Itzig, where in addition to machinery and parts there is also a cafeteria. AS visited Andy Schleck's business on the 2017 Tour, where the Luxembourger boasts his great success, the 2010 Tour de France. However, both Andy and Frank Schleck have starred in episodes that are already part of cycling history.

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