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Frank Schleck will Miss Brother Andy

Luxembourg rider Frank Schleck has almost accepted that the absence of his brother Andy from the Tour de France over  a spinal injury and his own injury concerns have almost effectively placed him in a precarious position from where he has no hopes of winning the title, not at least by a long shot. The older of the two Schleck brothers, Frank was also the team leader for his Team Radio Shack during last season’s race and finished at third on the overall podium, whereas his brother Andy Schleck finished the general classification in second place.

However, the chances of him making another star performance at this year’s race and be present at the podium on the 22nd of July at the famous Champs Elysees of Paris will largely depend on how copes with the route, which is almost made for a duel between Team BMC’s Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins, the British cyclist for Team Sky.

And compounding the woes of Frank Schleck will be the absence of younger brother Andy, who pulled out of the Grand Tour a couple of weeks back due to a back injury that he suffered while racing for the team at the Criterium du Dauphine and never fully recovered from it. Speaking to the reporters about the conspicuous absence of his brother, Frank admitted that it will be difficult for him because he has always raced with him by his side and added that it definitely will not be the same without the younger Schleck.

Frank Schleck also admitted that it is when the two of them race together that their performances improve. He stated that they understand each other well and also motivate each other in both training and the actual race as well, which is a huge advantage that he will not have this year.

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