28 Facts About Andy Schleck

1.

Andy Raymond Schleck is a Luxembourgish former professional road bicycle racer.

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2.

Andy Schleck won the 2010 Tour de France, being awarded it retroactively in February 2012 after Alberto Contador's hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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3.

Andy Schleck has been the runner-up at the Tour twice; in 2009 and 2011.

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4.

Andy Schleck is the younger brother of Frank Schleck, a professional rider between 2003 and 2016.

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5.

Andy Schleck was born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and is the youngest of Gaby and Johny Schleck's three sons.

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6.

Andy Schleck's older brother Frank Schleck was a cyclist on Trek Factory Racing, and his oldest brother Steve Schleck is a politician in Luxembourg.

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7.

Andy Schleck won a stage in the 1970 Vuelta a Espana and the Luxembourg National Championships.

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8.

Andy Schleck joined the VC Roubaix cycling club in 2004, and caught the attention of Cyrille Guimard, a sports director who became famous as the directeur sportif for several Tour de France winners, including Bernard Hinault, Laurent Fignon, Lucien Van Impe and American Greg LeMond.

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9.

Riis asked Frank, already on Team CSC, about his brother, and Andy Schleck started as a stagiaire for Team CSC on 1 September 2004.

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10.

Andy Schleck secured a professional contract with Team CSC in 2005, and made his debut in a ProTour race at age 19, in the 2005 Volta a Catalunya.

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11.

In 2006, Schleck crashed in the GP Cholet and took an eight-week break before returning for the Volta a Catalunya in May In July, a few days after his brother won the Alpe d'Huez stage of the Tour de France, Andy won the major mountain stage in the Sachsen Tour, followed by the final stage, finishing 23rd overall.

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12.

Andy Schleck finished fourth at the Giro di Lombardia after helping his brother Frank, who crashed with six kilometres to go.

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13.

Andy Schleck's success continued in the Tour de France, in which he finished 12th overall, winning the young rider classification ahead of Roman Kreuziger and helping CSC win the team classification and Carlos Sastre the maillot jaune.

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14.

Andy Schleck again won the young rider classification in the process.

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15.

Andy Schleck was involved in a controversial incident on the Port de Bales during stage 15 while wearing the Maillot Jaune and attempting to extend his lead.

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16.

Andy Schleck lost 39 seconds on that stage in the mountains, the same number of seconds by which he eventually lost the Tour de France.

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17.

Andy Schleck was only the second man to ever win the white jersey for best young rider 3 times; the first was Jan Ullrich who won between 1996 and 1998.

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18.

Andy Schleck won two mountain stages, and rode in the yellow jersey for six days.

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19.

Andy Schleck then won the mountains classification of the Tour de Suisse.

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20.

In May, Andy Schleck was awarded the overall classification win at the 2010 Tour de France after original winner Alberto Contador lost his legal battle relating to a doping offence.

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21.

At the Criterium du Dauphine prologue, Andy Schleck criticized Bruyneel for having spoken critically to the media of both Andy Schleck brothers, saying that those matters should be dealt with internally, not in the media.

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22.

Andy Schleck stated that he still had ample time to prepare adequately for the coming Tour de France, as it occurred often in recent years that he did not perform well in the races leading to the Tour.

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23.

Andy Schleck competed in the Tour Down Under, but had to withdraw on the final stage due to mechanical issues.

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24.

Andy Schleck was nearly 40 minutes behind the leader in the general classification, and as such, would have finished last.

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25.

Andy Schleck withdrew again at Tirreno–Adriatico, the Tour Mediterraneen, and the Tour of Oman, but managed to finish 57th at the Criterium International.

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26.

Andy Schleck then rode the Tour de Suisse in preparation for the Tour de France.

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27.

Andy Schleck abandoned the 2014 Tour de France, suffering with injuries sustained as a result of a crash during stage three.

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28.

In March 2015 Andy Schleck announced plans to open a bike shop and cafe inItzig, Luxembourg.

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