Schleck and Rodriguez Fit For Fleche Wallonne Start


BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) – Former Tour de France winner Andy
Schleck and Ardennes specialist Joaquim Rodriguez have both recovered from
knocks to take part in Wednesday’s Fleche Wallonne.
Schleck, 28, and Rodriguez, 34, both crashed 80km into Sunday’s Amstel Gold
Race and, having been forced to abandon, later cast doubts over their ability
to participate in Wednesday’s race.
But Luxemburger Schleck, who has not earned a top 10 finish in a major race
since coming second in the 2011 Tour de France, has overcome a knee injury and
will again support brother Frank in the Trek team.
Spaniard Rodriguez, the 2012 Fleche winner, felt dizzy following his fall
at Amstel and was taken to hospital to have his chest X-rayed.
But as nothing was found to be broken, he is now fit to take part in the
Fleche race alongside compatriot and Katusha team-mate Dani Moreno, the
reigning champion.
The pair are widely expected to be the main rivals for Belgian Philippe
Gilbert, who triumphed at Amstel for the third time on Sunday and is chasing a
second Ardennes treble having achieved the feat in 2011.
Following Wednesday’s race, the main protagonists will head to Sunday’s
Liege-Bastogne-Liege, where Schleck is expected to take over team leadership
duties at Trek from his brother.