Schleck Retiring After This Season

The year 2016 is the last season where you will find Frank Schleck as a professional cyclist.

This Trek Segafredo rider has decided to call it quits after the 2016 season. Frank had announced his decision to quit the professional cycling circuit at the pre-Olympics road race press meet.

Schleck turned a cycling pro in 2003 with the CSC. He revealed this news just before the road race at the 2016 Rio Olympics this month. He is really proud of being a biker for most part of his life and has made a living through riding. It is not an easy thing to suddenly stop something that you love so much, but he always wanted to bow out of the field when he was at his competitive best. Frank feels that this is the right time to retire and is very grateful and thankful to all the people who have stood by him all through his cycling career.

Schleck is happy that he will get to spend more time with his family after his retirement. He said that he will be keeping all the good things that have happened in his career very dear to him all through his life. He feels that he is always a bike rider and would make use of his retirement to spend quality time with his two kids.

Frank Schleck Raring To Go This Season

Those who are contemplating retirement will not find Frank Schleck among them as he is still targeting a win at the Tour de France.

This would be his 15th season as a professional rider. Being from Luxembourg, he is still going on in his cycling career and wishes to pursue it further. Known to be part of the Trek Factory Racing team, he is now heading into the fifteenth season with his focus planted in Tour de France firmly this year. He is known as a veteran in the cycling community, now 35 years of age. Last year was difficult for him, but he was able to gain a win at a stage category in the Vuelta a Espana.

Many would have thought that this year would see Frank is taking a backseat.

Peter Sagan and Lizzie Armitstead win in Tour of Flanders

Lizzie Armitstead of Britain won a sprint finish to triumph the women’s Tour of Flanders for the very first time. Peter Sagan, the fellow world champ, won men’s race with solo win. Lizzie, who rides for Boels-Dolmans team, left behind Emma Johansson of Sweden to win her race that is now part of Women’s WorldTour.
The duo broke clear on final climb. A group of 9 were unable to go after them down and Lizzie won in a long sprint to the line. This is the twenty-seven year old’s 4th victory of this season following her success at the Omloop het Nieuwsblad Trofeo Binda and Strade Bianche.
Sagan was twenty-five seconds clear of 3 time champ Fabian Cancellara, who was contending in his final Tour of Flanders, along with Sep Vanmarcke 3rd. The cyclist from Slovakia dropped Sep on the Paterberg, the tough cobbled ascent that has a maximum gradient of twenty percent, then held off Cancellara’s challenge, heightening his lead in the past five kilometers of the 255 kilometers race.
Luke Rowe of Britain was in the 5th spot, forty-eight seconds behind Sagan, along with fellow Welshman as well as Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas twelfth.

Schleck Not Confirmed For 2015 Paris-Nice

The 2015 season started with a rocky patch for Frank Schleck. Much to the dismay of his fans, the senior Schleck brother has not been confirmed for 2015 Paris-Nice.

Frank was really hopeful to come up with a spectacular performance at Paris-Nice this year but it was his unfortunate injury that ruined his chances at the championship. The Trek rider met with a bad crash on the initial day of Ruta Sol which left him with a severe quadricep muscular hematoma.

It led his team to declare that the rider won’t be able to participate in Paris-Nice this time.

The Schleck senior is wise enough to understand the situation.

“I’m recovering yet it isn’t as speedy as I hoped for”, stated Frank while discussing about his non-participation in Paris-Nice.

“I am still in a painful situation and it aches to walk- however it feels tad better while I am on my bike. Thus, I would be capable of training for something like 2 hours on road now yet certainly this isn’t sufficient to gear up for an esteemed race such as Paris-Nice.”