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Cycling: Schleck angered by brother's sacking

Former Tour de France champion Andy Schleck on Friday hit out at his RadioShack team after their decision to sack his older brother Frank, days before a ban for using a banned diuretic ends. Frank Schleck himself also expressed his bewilderment at being told he has no future at the Luxembourg based squad. RadioShack's management company Leopard announced on Thursday that Frank Schleck, who was banned for a year following a positive test for a banned diuretic at last year's race, would not ride for them again this season.

Cycling: Schleck angered by brother's sacking

Former Tour de France champion Andy Schleck has hit out at his RadioShack team after their decision to sack his older brother Frank, days before a ban for using a banned diuretic ends. RadioShack's management company Leopard announced Thursday that Frank Schleck, who was banned for a year following a positive test for a banned diuretic at last year's race, would not ride for them again this season. The news came as a blow to the team's riders racing the 100th edition of the Tour, including his brother Andy.

Cycling: Andy Schleck leads RadioShack's Tour charge

Luxembourg's Andy Schleck will return to lead the RadioShack Leopard Trek team into this year's Tour de France, it was announced Wednesday. Schleck missed last year's Tour due to a pelvis fracture and the three-time Tour podium finisher has since struggled to regain his form. But team general manager Luca Guercilena said: "We are happy to see that Andy is back. "Nobody in the team ever had doubts about the talent of Andy. "Little by little he has come back to the level where we expect him.

Cycling: Schleck hoping Amstel Gold heralds return to form

Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck will be hoping to use the Ardennes classics this month to complete his return to the top. Schleck will line up Sunday at the Amstel Gold race, the first of three Spring Classics in the hilly Ardennes region that will be followed by the Fleche Wallonne and then Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Cycling: Andy Schleck delays return

Luxembourg rider Andy Schleck is delaying his return to competiton after a respiratory infection, his RadioShack team announced on Friday. Schleck, who was due to ride in the Tour du Haut Var-Matin in the south of France this weekend, will not now take part. "Schleck feels healthy again after his infection of the respiratory tract, which forced him to abandon last weeks's Tour Mediterraneen, but team management, together with the medical staff of the team, decided to not take any risk," the team announced.

Cycling: Andy Schleck drops out of Tour of Mediterranean

Former Tour de France champion Andy Schleck dropped out of the Tour of Mediterranean on Wednesday, without completing the first stage. "He was in difficulty during the descent at the Fourches climb," said a the race commissioner about Schleck, who had started to struggle at the 44km mark of the 146.5km run from Limoux to Gruissan.

Cycling-Streamline Schleck allays fears over fitness for Tour

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Andy Schleck has shaken off concerns that he could struggle to make a mark at this year's Tour de France after the Radioshack-Leopard rider made a less than convincing start to the new season in Australia last week. The 27-year-old Luxembourger struggled in the Adelaide heat and abruptly returned to his hotel after a mechanical problem in Sunday's final stage ended his Tour Down Under campaign prematurely.
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