SCHLECK ANNOUNCES THE SCHLECK GRAN FONDO

The Luxembourg cyclist from Mondorf-les-Bains, Frank Schleck in a new announcement, has said that he would be organizing a mass-participation cycle race, known as the Schleck Gran Fondo, on Saturday, 20 May 2017.


Schleck, who announced his retirement from professional cycling at the end of the previous season, has decided to share his love and passion for cycling after 13 years of engaging professionally in the sport.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifier he is organizing would hold on his training routes in Luxembourg and also in the beautiful Moselle region as well.

The Schleck Gran Fondo is a mass participation cycle sport event. It is a qualifier race towards the UCI Gran Fondo World championships that holds in Albi, France.

Riders who end up finishing within the top 25% of their Masters Age/Gender Classification will then be invited to participate in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships as well as receive a UGFWS Qualifiers medal. Schleck and some other of his team mates would feature in the event as well.

SCHLECK RETIRES FROM RIDING WITH LUXEMBOURGER

In 2016, Fränk Schleck declared that the 2016 season would be his last season with the Luxembourger. He made the announcement during a pre-Olympic Game road race press conference.


Schlek has won many titles since he started as a professional in 2003. He won the 2006 Amstel Gold Race title, and was declared the overall winner at the Tour de Suisse. Also, he was the overall winner at the Tour de Luxembourg and Criterium, and he came third at the 2011 Tour de France.

Ahead of his third Olympic Games appearance, Schleck said,

“There is never an easy way to stop doing something you love to do, but I’ve always wanted to retire at a level where I was still competitive and fit, I’m really proud of having spent a large part of my life riding my bike for a living and, above all, I’m extremely thankful for the friends I have made along the way.”

Schleck added that that retiring will allow him enjoy more family time.

Schleck Gets £2m From Former Team

Frank Schleck will soon be richer by 2 million pounds.


An order has been passed asking Leopard AG to pay Frank the money for terminating him from the side after 11 months into the doping ban. It was ruled that his former team has to pay the money to Frank following a clause in the contract signed between the team and Schleck.

The Trek Segafredo cyclist was terminated from the contract of Radioshack-Leopard in June 2013 when Frank was suspended for testing positive for a banned diuretic Xipamide during the 2012 Tour De France.  The timing of the sacking was not right and this is what has led to the order being announced to pay damages to Schleck. He faced a 12 month ban for his foul play from the date he tested positive for the banned substance. He carried out his training with the Radioshack-Leopard squad all through 2013.

Just before nine days of him returning to the race circuit, his team fired him. Schleck was going to sign up again with a reincarnated Trek Factory Racing team. The court, after studying the case, said that the decision on to fire Schleck from the team as taken very late by the team. They had lost their right to terminate the contract early. It took them almost a year after the incident to ban him from the team.

Frank Talks About His Retired Brother

Many might wonder how it must be like to have two biking superstars in the family. Frank is set to race in Paris-Nice.

This is in preparation for the upcoming Tour de France event in July. Being from Luxembourg and of two biking professionals, Frank has no intention of hanging up his cycling gear though his brother has done the same already. His routine drive is through Paris-Nice which is a familiar course for him every year before the pro season starts every year. He takes part in the Tour of Basque Country which is known as the race to the sun leading to the Vuelta a Pais Vasco. He would then join the Ardennes classic tour along with the Tour de Suisse before he participates in Tour de France. This is the roadmap that he follows in the racing season every year. Even at 35 he is not ready to discontinue. When he is asked to talk about his brother, whether he misses the races, Frank states that his brother is busy with the bike shop that he runs, he is sometimes happy that he does not need to train or take the stress of competing. At other times he is unhappy that the exhilaration of the competitions is no longer present and the chances of hanging out with the boys.

Giant-Alpecin offer sprinters a blastoff at Scheldeprijs, reports

Giant-Alpecin has plans on offering their sprinters a scope for glory at the Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. The team would back Nikias Arndt for a probable sprint end, when Lars van der Haar, the cyclo-cross specialist, would start his road season.
In a team press release, director Arthur van Dongen told that Scheldeprijs is an important race for the team and they would concentrate focus on a sprint finish as this is the most likely outcome. They have gone come here with a strong sprinter in Nikias and to target for a top ten finish

The alteration of route in the finale this year, making it less technical, might just increase their scopes to attain this result.
The 207.8 kilometers race begins in Antwerp with a 157.4 kilometers loop, then the riders taking on 3 finishing circuits of 16.8 kilometers each to end in Schoten. On the last circuit, they also have to stay in a great spot during the tough cobblestone section of Broekstraat that is 1.7 kilometers long. After that, the sprint preparedness starts and they needed to be in spot to battle for a good result.
After ending 3rd at San Dimas Stage Race, Neilson Powless would bring his top form to Redlands Bicycle Classic held from 6th to 10th April, in California. Jeff Louder, a retired pro, would direct the team in the 2nd event on USA Cycling Pro Road Tour.