Cycling: Injured Schleck out of Tour
LEADING Tour de France contender Andy Schleck has pulled out of the race because he has a fracture in his pelvis.
Schleck, who was handed the 2010 title after race winner Alberto Contador failed a dope test during the Tour, finished second overall last year and had been expected to challenge champion Cadel Evans of Australia.
"I'm not going to be in it (the Tour)," a dejected Schleck told a news conference in his native Luxembourg yesterday.
"It is the biggest disappointment of my career. I would rather have finished last on the Tour than not participate at all. I will need to be back at 100pc before I can start riding again. I hope to be at the Olympics."
The RadioShack-Nissan rider suffered the injury in a crash during an individual time trial in the Criterium du Dauphine earlier this month.
According to the 27-year-old, he is still looking forward to the Olympics and his main goal is now the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) in August, where he is likely to lock horns again with Spaniard Contador, who will be back from his doping ban.
Schleck's older brother Frank, currently in good form in the Tour of Switzerland, is expected to be the RadioShack team's leader on the Tour.