MONTPELLIER, France, July 04, 2013 – RadioShack cycling team have
announced they will not renew the contract of former Tour de France podium
finisher Franck Schleck.
Schleck, the older brother and teammate of 2010 Tour de France champion
Andy, was handed a one-year ban after it was announced before the 16th stage
of last year’s race that he had tested positive for a banned diuretic.
His ban is about to end but RadioShack’s management company Leopard are not
offering the Luxemburger a new deal.
“With the end of Frank Schleck’s suspension approaching, Leopard and its
partners have assessed the situation in view of a possible renewal of the
collaboration with Frank Schleck,” said a statement from the team.
“Having finalized this assessment in a broad and objective way, Leopard has
decided to not renew the collaboration between Frank Schleck and the
RadioShack cycling team.”
Andy Schleck, who was handed the 2010 yellow jersey after Spanish winner
Alberto Contador was stripped of the title for a positive test for
clenbuterol, is currently racing at the 100th edition of the Tour de France.
Ahead of the first mountain stages of the race this weekend he sits in 34th
position at 34secs behind new race leader Daryl Impey of South Africa.
Franck Schleck finished third overall on the Tour in 2011.