The 28 years old Andy Schleck had a dramatic comeback from a slump in the form of an unfortunate crash in the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine where he suffered a bad injury of fractured pelvis. He was accustomed to get into the Tour de France as the yellow jersey favorite, but is now in the midst of fluctuations and is being forced to get hold of a new mindset before the upcoming 100th edition of the race. This injury prevented him from getting onto the track in the last year Tour, but Schleck’s brother Frank was tested positive to fulfill his woes.
The three times Tour stage winner, Schleck has not grabbed any victory in this season, but he is regaining confidence with his performance in the Tour de Suisse and also with his fight to get on to the 10th place in the Luxembourg national road championship last Sunday. However, he revealed to the press yesterday in Porto-Vecchio that he will not be able to test his real mettle until he gets on to the mountain stages.
In his own words “I’ve never had problems in cycling. I rode my bike, I trained and I was good. That’s it. If I ate a burger the day before a mountain stage I ate a burger and I was still up in front. Of course I didn’t, but it never made a difference! That was the kind of rider I was.” He also commented that “I don’t consider myself as a favorite to win this year’s edition of the Tour de France. Maybe you can say an outsider and then I’ll see what I can do with that”.
The Tour is about to begin in Corsica by tomorrow and this small island will host the initial three stages of the Tour where Schleck will extensively reconnoitered along with stage 17 times trial and all key mountains. The RadioShack-Leopard Team of Schleck is also aiming for stage wins via breakaways throughout the Tour.