It is never to stop doing things that you love the most, but I have wanted it always to get retire at a position where I remain fit and competitive,” Schleck said this, before his appearance of third Olympic Games.
“I am extremely proud that I have spent a large part of my life doing things that I love to and that are riding my bike. I am thankful to all my friends who have always been with me in my long journey with the sport.”
Schleck added that, retiring from cycling will let him enjoy family time.
In his speech he said, “The victories, memories and the great time, memories that I have experienced in my career while being with some of the amazing teams will stay with me forever. Leaving the profession is not the end of my cycling career; I will remain a bike rider. The only difference will be leaving the professional side of cycling will let me have more time for my family and to watch my kids growing up. At this point of time, I have settled in the sport and now my kids and family has become more important to me.” (more…)
The Briton twins, Adam and Simon Yates will be missing in action during the Tour de France of this season as they look to focus their attention on the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
In the 2016 Tour de France, Adam Yates won the white jersey as the best young rider in the event. Neither of the twins has ever competed in two Grand Tours in a single year before.
Adam came fourth in the general classification of the Tour de France for last year, but Matt White, his Orica-Scott team boss says that the brothers have been long interested in skipping the 2017 Tour de France race.
“We want to give the guys a bigger foundation for the future,” said Matt White.
Vincenzo Nibali of Italy will be returning to the Giro d’Italia in May to defend his title, while Nairo Quintana – winner of the title in 2014 – will be amongst the field as well. (more…)
Frant Schleck has put an end to his professional riding career.
He announced his retirement at a press conference, during the pre-Olympic Games road race. Frank who began professional riding in 2003 with CSC has enjoyed a successful career, claiming so many title wins including; the 2006 Amstel Gold Race title, a third place overall at the 2011 Tour de France, and overall wins at the Tour de Luxembourg, Tour de Suisse, and Critérium International.
The 36-year old professional who at the time, rides for Trek-Segafredo revealed that the 2016 season will be his last as a professional rider.
“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,” Schleck said ahead of his third Olympic Games appearance.
“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,” he added.
He explained that retirement would help him to focus on his family, enjoying more fulfilling time with them. Schleck, a proud father of two kids, has hinted that his family is more important to him. (more…)
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.
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. (more…)
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.