Frank Schleck Biography
Frank Schleck was born on the 15th of April in the year 1980 in Luxembourg. He is a professional road bicycle racer and races for the UCI ProTeam Leopard Trek. Frank Schleck comes from a family of bicycle racers. His grandfather, Gustave Schleck was a racer in the 1930s. His father Johny Schleck was also a professional cycle racer in the 1960s and 70s. Frank Schleck was joined by Andy Schleck, his brother, in the year 2005. In the 2005 National Championships, Frank Schleck won the road race and his brother Andy won the time trial.
One of Frank Schleck’s greatest achievements is winning the 2006 Tour de France’s blue riband mountain stage. He is known in the racing circuit for riding a high cadence while climbing and his riding knock-kneed. Frank Schleck began his career by riding for the Luxembourg military programme for sports. He then went on to Italy and rode for De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa. In the year 2002, Frank Schleck rode for the Team CSC as a stagiaire. Frank had his breakthrough in the year 2005 with a total of three podium finishes. He lost the Zuri-Metzgete to Paolo Bettini, the Giro dell’Emilia to Gilberto Simoni and finished third in the Giro di Lombardia. He finished the year 2005 ranking 13th overall in the 2005 ProTour riders list. Frank Schleck’s 2006 season began with a fifth place finish at Paris-Nice. He then crashed at Vuelta al Pais Vasco and suffered a concussion. He recovered well and made his comeback at the Amstel Gold Race the same month. He also finished 4th at the La Fleche Wallonne after a hard ride up the Muur de Huy. At the 2006 Tour de France, he won the stage fifteen from Gap to Alpe D’Huez. He started his 2009 season by finishing 9th in Paris-Nice. He crashed at the Amstel Gold Race and eventually finished tenth. He then place seventh at the Fleche Wallone where his recovery continued. One day before Liege-Bastogne-Liege, it was revealed that Frank Schleck had a broken vertebra. He took part despite the injury and placed third. He also took the yellow jersey winning the fourth stage of Tour de Suisse. He eventually finished 7th. The Tour de France in the year 2007 didn’t go so well for Frank Schleck after finishing at the 17th position. He then placed 4th at the World Championship the same year.
Suddeutsche Zeitung, the German Daily, alleged a contact that took place between Frank Schleck and the infamous Dr. Fuentes in December 2005 a day prior to the decisive final stage of the Tour de France in the year 2008. Frank Schleck did not pay much attention to these reports answering back the fans and the media by a string of very successful performances. This newspaper then published a further report prior to the 2008 UCI Road World Championships which was held at Varese in Italy. This article showed a cash transfer of seven thousand pounds from Frank Schleck’s account to Dr. Fuentes’. Frank Schleck then publicly admitted to the cash transfer. He was then cleared of all doping allegations in the month of December the same year.