Get well soon CA!

I wrote nothing hoping it isn't true but unfortunately it is: as Miss Fede found out in his blog, CA Sorensen broke his collarbone crashing in the 6th stage of Vuelta a Catalunya. He would have been Saxo Bank leader in Giro d'Italia but now has to face a 3 weeks stop. Too bad! and a pity also for Schleck ambitions in Classics because he would have been a valuable helper.

No panic anyway: the team already showed to be really strong.
Pic 1
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A Big Good News...and an old cute pic

Riis Cycling and Luxembourg Airlines Formalize Their Partnership
[30.03 11:09] Riis Cycling and Luxembourg Airlines have agreed to formalize their cooperation so Luxair will become an official sponsor and continue to support Team Saxo Bank throughout 2010.

Over the past two years, Luxair has proven to be a very important partner for the team, working closely with the team's Logistics Manager and the Luxembourg based staff to provide the team with travel and air cargo services. Luxair will now enjoy the benefits that come with sponsorship, including attractive brand exposure as well as access to the exclusive hospitality that is part of the Team Saxo Bank set up. Frank and Andy Schleck have been joined by Laurent Didier this year, giving Team Saxo Bank, an incredibly strong pool of Luxembourg based talent.

“With three Luxembourg riders and several riders based in Luxembourg, Team Saxo Bank is nearly a Luxembourg team. Moreover, Laurent Didier, Andy and Frank Schleck are incredibly talented Luxembourgish cyclists and are, like Luxair, ambassadors for Luxembourg abroad. Therefore, formalizing the partnership with Team Saxo Bank was a natural step to consolidate this already existing relationship. Both Luxair and these cyclists have a philosophy based on excellence and passion, and this is why we are looking forward to continuing the partnership “said Adrien Ney, President and CEO of LuxairGroup.

“Our relationship with Luxair has always been fantastic and we are really looking forward to the new season together. We have always appreciated the support they have given us and we are excited to be able to formalize our partnership in this way. It is a pleasure to welcome them into our fine group of partners, a group that includes many world class companies and individual market leaders. We look forward to sharing many successes this year and I know that we will give Luxair's clients and staff plenty to be proud of” commented Bjarne Riis.


Andy is hard training...

...and will be back soon. He probably jumped on the couch watching his mates racing and wining in Spain and Belgium so he twitted: "Spartacus is back! big Congratulation!!!! good job boys keep it up and we try to finish it in the Amstel/Fleche and LBL". He speacks as a leader and I'm sure he's ready to show again his wonderful class.
Here you have a short vid (thanks Marit): enjoy!

My friend Ben gave me that transaltion: "Il dit qu'il manque en rythme de course par rapport à l'annee derniere et il va maintenant essayer de récuperer ce manque avec dans le training.. ehm.. l'objectif maintenant ce sont les classiques. mais il ne sait pas encore s'il va retrouver sa forme jusqu'à cette date, sinon il va aider fränk à remporter une victoire. pour la saison 2011 il est optimistique que riis va trouer un nouveau sponsor."
Merci Ben ;)

Vuelta a Catalunya and Gent - Wevelgem: only bad luck prevent SB to win twice in a day

Yes! because JJ won in Spain and Matti Breschel was in the first group in Belgium till the last kms when unfortunately had a tyre flat. He was in a perfect shape and Saxo Bank worked well as usual, with Baden Cook in the second group stoping a dangerous Tyler Farrar and then helping his daily leader to try reaching the front. But it was too late. Eisel won at the sprint, but I must say that Liquigas made the race: bringing away the gruppetto, leaving Freire behind, pulling till the line with an amazing Daniel Oss, who confirms to be one of the most promising young Italian racers.
Pic by Bettini
1 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 2:32:21
2 Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
1 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 25:16:03
2 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:10
3 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 0:00:43
20 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
21 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:02:00
22 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:14

Gent - Wevelgem
1 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC-Columbia
2 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto


E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke: FABIAN!

Amazing! simply amazing! 4 victories in 3 days! Team Saxo Bank is unstoppable. In spite of a crash in the first kms Uncle Bjarne's team kept the race under absolute control. Kostergaard - BRAVO! - was in the breack away, so all the work was to the other teams, with Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara glued each others. When Boonen went away only Cancellara and Flecha was ready to follow him, but reached the breackers only Fabian found an helper. Klostergaard was able to pull again for him, then he reamained at the end of the front group.
The final was exciting: Boonen, Flecha and Fabian said Good Bye! and went away. At 3 km Fabian attacked, his breack mates was ready to reply but not to risk in a dangerous curv that he simply made in a crazy way. He won there. He got a little gap and started his solo TT.... till the finish line.
But I want also point out a really young racer
who showed all his value: Fabio Felline. You'll hear again talking about him. And do you guess his age? He's 19.
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank

2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step

3 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team

4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha

5 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank

6 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank

7 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil

8 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank

9 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil

10 Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto


Coppi e Bartali, Vuelta a Catalunya: youngs in the foreground

Marko Kump 1988 [in the pic], Simone Ponzi 1987, Rein Taaramae 1987, Davide Malacarne 1987, Michel Kreder 1987... 2010 seems to be The Young Cyclists Year, def!
Frank improved again and is 23: he ended 8 in today stage.
Coppi e Bartali
1 Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil 4:20:59
2 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
3 Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
1 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 15:34:39
2 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche 0:01:43
3 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:25
Vuleta a Catalunya
1 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 4:50:03
2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack 0:00:36
3 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:37
4 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions
5 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
6 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana 0:00:40
7 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
8 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank

1 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 18:38:57
2 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:10
3 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 0:00:43
23 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:14

Happy Birthday To Me!

Yeah yeah yeah: it's my b-day. I'm half sick - shit weather, I'm not the only one - and not sure I'll have a decent party. I already had three great presents anyway: the first it's a little difficult to understand for you lucky citizens of civilized countries out of Italy but have a look here and maybe you'll do: http://www.newropeans-magazine.org/content/view/11175/121/ Last night RaiPerUnaNotte showed that a riot against that misery is possible! Thank you!

My second present was fron Team Saxo Bank: 3 victories in 2 days!! Matti, Jens and Alex was simply the bests. Do anybody keep having doubs about Riis Cycling?

And my 3th gift is your friendship: I'm geting lots of whishes and am really moved. You know, we share a passion - the most of us - and I'm sure we can
trust on each others even if we never met maybe. If you come to Florence you can be my guest: I'm seting up a B&B and Schleck fans have a special discount.
What would I like for my b-day? oh... but you already know :)


Vuelta a Catalunya: JENS!!!!

Saxo Bank rules!! Matti yesterday, today Jens!!
Fränk Schleck ended 5o and is till 27 in GC.

1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 4:43:28
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne

3 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:34
4 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions
1 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 13:48:14
2 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:10
3 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 0:00:46
4 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:48
5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:20
6 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo

7 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions

8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:22
9 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:24
10 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack 0:01:25

Vuelta a Catalunya: Frank improves his GC

I didn't see the stage but now Frank is 26 in GC and that's good.
1 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 4:43:23
2 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha

3 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:48


1 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 9:04:12
2 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:10
3 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:48
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:20
5 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo

6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions

7 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne

8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:22
9 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:24
10 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack 0:01:25
11 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:01:26
12 Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana 0:01:27
13 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi

14 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:01:29
15 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:30
16 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana

17 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:31
18 Aitor Perez (Spa) Footon-Servetto 0:01:33
19 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:37
20 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 0:01:38
21 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:40
22 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana 0:01:44
23 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:02:00
24 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:12
25 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:02:14
26 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank

Interview with Cyclingnews


Schleck says he's a Classics favourite despite setbacks

By:Daniel Benson
Andy wants Amstel title, will help brother Frank at Liège

Despite pulling out of the Volta Catalunya through illness Andy Schleck believes he can still be a force in the Classics this spring. The Luxembourg rider finished second in last year’s Tour de France and won Liège-Bastogne-Liège with a terrific attack, however he has had his 2010 season wrecked by crashes, injury and now illness.

He looked to be returning to form during last week’s Milan-San Remo, but according to Schleck, that was when a stomach bug first surfaced. “I had it from Milan-San Remo. Stuart O’Grady was sick the day before and then I was struck down,” he told Cyclingnews.

“First I felt okay but then on the night before I pulled out of Catalunya I was just up all night vomiting.”

Schleck returned to his family in Luxembourg on Wednesday and will stay there until the next race on his schedule, Vuelta a Pais Vasco. It will be his last chance to rack up valuable racing miles before the Classics, where he’ll look to help his brother Frank win Liège, before aiming his sights on winning Amstel Gold Race for the first time in his career.

“I’m feeling a lot better now. I took some medicine from the doctor and I’m okay,” he said. “I was really looking forward to racing all of Catalunya and racing with Frank again but there’s nothing I can do.”

Before competing in Vuelta a Pais Vasco Schleck will train at home. “I can be in top form at the Classics, of course I can. It would have been better if I’d done Catalunya instead of training at home but it’s happened now and I need to go home and train even harder. I’m still a favourite and I’ll be there with Frank in the Classics.”

Schleck’s bad luck started before the turn of the year when he was hit by a car. Although he left the scene of the accident with just a broken bike he picked up his first injury in January. After a long training ride with his brother and Jens Voigt he complained of mild pain in his ankle, which turned out to be tendonitis. This delayed his racing debut as he sought treatment and he and eventually made his season debut at the Giro del Friuli at the start of March.


Dwars door Vlaanderen: MATTI!!!

Great race for Saxo Bank!! great breack for Matti Breschel!!

1 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank 4:49:37
2 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:07
3 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram


Pic www.ispaphoto.com

Settimana Coppi e Bartali: bravo Cimolai!

Yesterday I wasn't in the mood to celebrate, but Team Liquigas and Davide Cimolai specially deserve a post. They dominated the TTT and this young neo-pro also got the best young jersey: I promise you an interview with him in next days :) Bravo!! Bravo to Team De Rosa too, and here I point out another talented young guy: Stefano Borchi. Lampre was 3 and here you have - also - Adriano Malori and Diego Ulissi.
BDW Yes... you see... there was also... can't remember his name: the most arrongant doper unfortunately again - in the peloton...
General classification after stage 1b
1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 2:14:35
2 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:06
3 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

4 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo

5 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

6 Alessandro Mauro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

7 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

8 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo

9 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic 0:00:13
10 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic 0:00:15
11 Damiano Caruso (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic

12 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic

13 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic

14 Stefano Borchi (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic

15 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:00:21
16 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini

17 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini

18 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini

19 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini

20 Santo Anza (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia 0:00:30
21 Riccardo Ricco' (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia

22 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia

23 Andrea Noe (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia

24 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia

25 Luca Celli (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia

26 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri 0:00:31
27 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr) ISD - Neri

28 Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - Neri

29 Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) ISD - Neri

30 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) ISD - Neri

31 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) ISD - Neri

32 Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD - Neri

33 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:36
34 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli

35 Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli

36 Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli

37 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli

38 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli

39 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Androni Giocattoli

40 André Schulze (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author 0:00:42
41 Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author

42 Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author

43 Stanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author

44 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author

45 Leopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author

46 Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author

47 Jure Golcer (Slo) De Rosa - Stac Plastic

48 Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:47
49 Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil

50 Tomaz Nose (Slo) Adria Mobil

51 Marino Palandri (Ita) Adria Mobil

52 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil

53 Uros Murn (Slo) Adria Mobil

54 Andrea Grendene (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:00:52
55 Enrico Rossi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia

56 Luca Ascani (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere

57 Luca Zanasca (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere

58 Eugenio Loria (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere

59 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere

60 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:00:55
61 Davide D'Angelo (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere 0:01:01
62 Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic 0:01:02
63 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:01:03
64 Edoardo Girardi (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia

65 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC 0:01:06
66 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Carmiooro NGC

67 Sebastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC

68 Antonio Quadranti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC

69 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec 0:01:10
70 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec

71 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec

72 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec

73 Martin Schöffmann (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec

74 Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec

75 Matic Strgar (Slo) Vorarlberg - Corratec

76 Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone 0:01:12
77 Didac Ortega (Spa) Acqua & Sapone

78 Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone

79 Luca Pierfelici (Ita) Acqua & Sapone

80 Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone

81 Cayet Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone

82 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone

83 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone

84 Davide Bonucelli (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere 0:01:16
85 Bostjan Rezman (Slo) Zheroquadro Radenska 0:01:18
86 David Tratnik (Slo) Zheroquadro Radenska

87 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox

88 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Zheroquadro Radenska

89 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox

90 Enrico Zen (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox

91 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox

92 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox

93 Matija Kvasina (Cro) Zheroquadro Radenska

94 Alberto Di Lorenzo (Ita) Zheroquadro Radenska

95 Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:01:29
96 Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad

97 Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Amore & Vita - Conad

98 Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Conad

99 Konstantin Volik (Uzb) Amore & Vita - Conad

100 Roberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche 0:01:34
101 Edwin Carvajal Jaramillo (Col) Miche

102 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche

103 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Miche

104 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche

105 Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:01:36
106 Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon 0:01:39
107 Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon

108 Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon

109 Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon

110 Gregory Obando Brenes (CRc) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon

111 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri 0:01:40
112 Silvère Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec

113 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Carmiooro NGC 0:01:44
114 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Carmiooro NGC

115 Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:01:49
116 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:56
117 Roberto Antonio Richeze (Arg) Betonexpressz 2000 - Universal Caffe 0:01:57
118 Walter Proch (Ita) Betonexpressz 2000 - Universal Caffe

119 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Miche 0:02:04
120 Serhy Hrechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:02:05
121 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere 0:02:07
122 Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:02:39
123 Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC 0:02:40
124 Paride Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC 0:03:34
125 Jan Tratnik (Slo) Zheroquadro Radenska 0:03:41
126 Guillermo Rubens Bongiorno (Arg) Zheroquadro Radenska

127 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Zheroquadro Radenska

128 Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox

129 Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author 0:03:49
130 Luigi Gitto (Ita) Miche 0:03:57
131 Ivan Melero Coco (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon 0:04:02
132 David Francisco Delgado (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon

133 Tamas Lengyel (Hun) Betonexpressz 2000 - Universal Caffe 0:04:20
134 Gabor Fejes (Hun) Betonexpressz 2000 - Universal Caffe

135 Rida Cador (Hun) Betonexpressz 2000 - Universal Caffe

136 Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Betonexpressz 2000 - Universal Caffe

137 Gianluca Coletta (Ita) Betonexpressz 2000 - Universal Caffe

138 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Betonexpressz 2000 - Universal Caffe

139 Daniele Callegarin (Ita) CDC - Cavaliere 0:05:25
140 Jure Zagar (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:05:55

interview by Le Quotidien

CYCLISME: «Je ne désespère pas!»

image «Je suis déçu car je voulais courir mais je ne peux rien contre la maladie», a expliqué hier, Andy Schleck, qui va sans tarder reprendre un gros entraînement. Il sera de retour sur le Tour du Pays basque. (Photo: kb)

ANDY SCHLECK ne s'alarme pas de son départ contraint et forcé du Tour de Catalogne, hier matin. «J'avais passé une sale nuit», confirme-t-il.

Hier après-midi, Andy Schleck récupérait enfin des troubles gastriques qui l'ont frappé dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, le forçant à ne pas prendre le départ de la deuxième étape du Tour de Catalogne. Il sera de retour aujourd'hui, à Luxembourg. / Entretien avec notre journaliste Denis Bastien

Andy, vous n'avez pas pris le départ de cette deuxième étape...
Andy Schleck : Oui, ça ne s'arrête pas cette année. Je suis d'autant plus énervé que je tenais absolument à faire la course. Mais avec la nuit que j'avais passé, je ne pouvais pas.

De quoi souffrez-vous?
J'ai été assailli par des troubles gastriques. Cela a commencé lundi, à partir de 10 heures. Là j'ai roulé quand même le prologue. Mais je ne pouvais rien absorber. Et cela a continué durant la nuit. Je n'ai pas dormi. Je ne pouvais pas dans ces conditions prendre le départ. Mais cet après-midi (NDLR : hier après-midi), ça va un peu mieux.

Est-ce à votre avis lié à la grippe que vous aviez contractée juste avant Milan -San Remo?
Non, pas du tout, cela n'a rien à voir. Le médecin de l'équipe me l'a confirmé. Pour le refroidissement, j'avais pris des antibiotiques. Mais cette fois, il s'agit de troubles gastriques. Au fil de la journée, j'ai senti que j'allais mieux. Le médecin pense que dans deux jours, je serai rétabli. Mais moi, évidemment, cela ne m'a pas fait plaisir. Je tenais à courir ce Tour de Catalogne.

«Dommage, je me sentais bien»

Comment voyez-vous les choses désormais?
Je garde espoir pour les classiques même si depuis le début de la saison, ça n'arrête pas... Dommage, à la fin de Tirreno-Adriatico, je me sentais vraiment bien.

Quelle sera votre démarche pour la suite de la saison?
Je vais donc rentrer à la maison et reprendre tout de suite un gros entraînement. Des séances de sept heures dont quelques-unes derrière le scooter. Je vais voir et je n'ai pas le choix. Ça va aller.

Pour les classiques, pensez-vous être dans les temps?
On verra, il ne faut pas désespérer, je garde la tête positive, de toute façon, je ne peux changer les choses. Je serai au départ du Tour du Pays basque (NDLR : 5-10 avril) juste avant les Ardennaises. L'an passé je n'étais pas au top et c'était passé. Je ne désespère pas même si je rêvais à mieux.


Allez Andy!

Do you remeber that day? of course you do. We can't forget. You were so happy and we shared your joy. You won and did that in a way that was simply amazing, so beautiful to see, so irresistible.
You'll win again for sure and we are confident and untroubled because we know that your brother is right: "don t worry U ll be good.ones U put it on cruisecontrol U rule this sports.IT S NICE having talent bro.We all been there". Yes, Andy, that is. I was sad and worried today but now am not. A little stomach problem is nothing, you will be in a perfect shape very soon: take your time, get well. There is nothing that you can't do. Allez!!

Andy twitted...

"Am very disappointed to have to withdraw from the Vuelta Catalunya. I was having gastro-intestinal problems since be4 Milan-San Remo, I realize that I can’t change the current situation, but am still optimistic 4 the future races I am confident for my main goals this year! Thanks 4 all your support!I really appreciate that! :) "
That's nothing. I'm really sad. But ok, it's a bad period, it will end. Be strong. A big hug xxx
Pic by
Serge Waldbillig

Etapa 2:
2º 177 HAEDO, Juan Jose ARG TEAM SAXO BANK mt.
4º 204 DUMOULIN, Samuel FRA COFIDIS mt.
1º 158 VOSS, Paul GER TEAM MILRAM 04:20:43
50º 173 SCHLECK, Frank LUX TEAM SAXO BANK a 15

Vuelta a Ctalunya: Andy didn't start

Spanish television told about 'stomach problem'... But I don't know anything more yet. It seems that he - as some other racers - got a flu in Milano-Sanremo... Or is it his knee again? I'm worryed.

Volta a Catalunya TT

Voss? who's that? we don't know but we'll know probably. 2010 seems to be the young neo-pro year and I'm glad. Leipheimer and Kloden instead we well know and can't say they are neo or young... Cav is still quite young but but we well know him too, even if I think is 7 place is a little surprise: he looked in a very bad shape till Saturday and the debate is open about Columbia decision to bring him and not Greipel to Milano-Sanremo. What's your opinion?
A surprise also the pokey performances of TT specialists like Menchov, Basso, Zabriskie, Vande Velde, Kreuziger.... Juan José Haedo was the best Sexy Banker (38), then Jaroslaw Marycz (40). I think that the 53 of Frank Schleck is a pretty good result, Andy Schleck 130 is... how can I say... normal? ;)
Pic by Bettini
1 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram 0:04:57
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:00:01
3 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack 0:00:02
4 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram 0:00:04
5 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
6 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
7 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia
8 Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:05
9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:06
10 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo
11 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
12 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions
13 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
14 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
15 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 0:00:07
16 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank
17 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:08
18 Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
19 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
20 Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
21 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
22 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team
23 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:09
24 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
25 Aleksej Saramontins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:10
26 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions
27 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana
28 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank
29 Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack
30 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack 0:00:11
31 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
32 Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:12
33 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux
34 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team Radioshack 0:00:13
35 Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana
36 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
37 Chris Froome (RSA) Sky Professional Cycling Team
38 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
39 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
40 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank
41 Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram
42 Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
43 Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:14
44 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions
45 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack
46 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha
47 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
48 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:00:15
49 Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
50 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack
51 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions
52 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux
53 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
54 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
55 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto
56 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
57 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
58 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 0:00:16
59 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
60 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana
61 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
62 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
63 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
64 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia
65 Andrei Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step 0:00:17
66 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto
67 Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
68 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
69 Jorge Montenegro (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
70 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram
71 Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
72 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia
73 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:18
74 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank
75 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
76 Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
77 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
78 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
79 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step
80 Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:19
81 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo
82 Davide Vigano (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team
83 Aitor Perez (Spa) Footon-Servetto
84 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step
85 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:20
86 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions
87 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
88 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
89 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step 0:00:21
90 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia
91 Dario Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team
92 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions
93 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram
94 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions
95 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:22
96 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
97 Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
98 Jose Angel Gomez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
99 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank
100 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
101 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
102 David Loosli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
103 Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
104 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
105 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:23
106 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
107 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha
108 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux
109 Artur Gajek (Ger) Team Milram
110 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana
111 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
112 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:24
113 Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
114 Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
115 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank
116 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:25
117 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
118 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
119 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto
120 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
121 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
122 Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana
123 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:26
124 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
125 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo
126 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
127 Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
128 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
129 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
130 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux
131 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:27
132 Jason McCartney (USA) Team Radioshack
133 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
134 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo
135 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
136 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 0:00:28
137 Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha
138 Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
139 Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto
140 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Sky Professional Cycling Team
141 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step 0:00:29
142 Andres Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
143 Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team
144 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
145 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
146 Arten Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:30
147 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto
148 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:31
149 Arkaitz Duran (Spa) Footon-Servetto
150 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia 0:00:32
151 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
152 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana 0:00:33
153 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux
154 David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto
155 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
156 Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto 0:00:34
157 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:35
158 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team
159 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:36
160 Jose Antonio De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
161 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
162 Danielle Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:00:37
163 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana 0:00:39
164 Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur
165 Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto
166 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana
167 Jose Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur 0:00:40
168 Chris Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:41
169 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:42
170 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:00:43
171 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française Des Jeux 0:00:45