Team Leopard Trek- - Big Results - Big Expectations
Jennifer Lane - Tour Cycling
Born in Luxembourg, a small country bordered by some of the top cycling countries in Europe-France, Germany and Belgium- Frank and Andy Schleck are riding their bikes and making history into the professional road cycling society The two are brothers born to Johny Schleck, a rider who contended the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España and the rest of the big races between 1965 and 1974.
By the time Johny’s son, Andy Schleck turned the age of 19, he became the Under 23 Road and Time Trial National Champion and the overall winner of the Fleche du Sud. He was then picked up by Cyrille Guimard, a sports director who became famous as the directeur sportif for several Tour de France winners, including Bernard Hinault, Laurent Fignon, Lucien Van Impe and American Greg LeMond.
While riding as a young professional cyclist, Andy finished on the podium and left his mark on the Giro D’ Italia, Liège–Bastogne–Liège and La Flèche Wallonne. He is also a two time second overall finisher in the Tour de France. Pedaling with a long lean body, Andy is known for climbing up the mountains faster than most of the other top climbers.
Frank Schleck, the older of the two brothers, also has consistent podium finishes in big races such as the Tour de Suisse, the Tour de Luxembourg and Paris-Nice. Riding into a solo victory on the Alpe d’Huez, Frank is known not only for his dancing climber’s legs but also as a racer with grit and the determination to win in the classics such as the Criterium International.
With such strong consistent finishes, the brothers now have the pressure of world-wide expectations riding on their backs up every climb. The world is watching the Schleck brothers performances develop as they ride towards three weeks of some of the toughest stages in the history of cycling—the Tour de France.
The UCI Pro Team Leopard Trek is supporting these young stars on their paths to making history. Long time riders also race for Leopard Trek. For many years, Stuart O’ Grady has won big races and recently won one of the most tortuous days in the classic race-- Paris–Roubaix. The impressive list of riders on the team continues. Fabian Cancellara, the current World Time Trial Champion, holds a record four World Time Trial Championship titles. Jans Voigt, a German racer with years of experience, has won stages of the big races such as the Giro D’Italia and the Tour of California.
In this blog, we will be following the races of this very strong Team Leopard Trek. Each of the stages in races such as the Tour de France, Tour de Suisse and Vuelta a Espana will be examined and reported. The race schedule of the top teams in the world is demanding and we will follow how these riders finish and in some cases just survive the grueling stages of the biggest races in the world.