ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 22, 2013 – Luxembourg’s 2010 Tour de France
champion Andy Schleck conceded that he was full of nerves during his comeback
race at the Tour Down Under on Tuesday.
Schleck finished a minute and 19 seconds behind winner Andre Greipel of
Germany in the opening 135 kilometre (85 mile) stage from Prospect in
Adelaide’s north to the town of Lobethal, leaving him 105th in the overall
But he wasn’t concerned about his finishing position, saying he was
confident he would improve as the week progressed.
“I’m happy, it’s okay but the result was not so good,” he said after the
“Physically it’s okay, it’s just that I don’t feel so safe in the peloton.
But that’s normal because it’s been a long time for me.
“I was getting really nervous in the end. But the next stage is going to be
better because I’ll get the feeling back again.”
Schleck, who finished runner-up at the 2010 Tour de France before being
awarded the race after winner Alberto Contador lost a doping appeal, is using
the Tour Down Under as a comeback following a year marred by injury.
In June the 27-year-old crashed during the Criterium du Dauphine race and
fractured his pelvis, ruling him out of the sport for most of the rest of the