Fränk Schleck Wins Luxembourg National Road Championship, Andy 2nd
The Luxembourg National Road Championship came down to an anticipated finish as First Endurance riders Andy and Fränk Schleck (both Leopard-Trek) came to the line together alone with Fränk emerging victorious and prolonging his title. “It was a pretty fast race,” said Sports Director Kim Andersen. “They averaged more than 41 kilometers per hour. That’s quite a lot for this particular race.” The race consisted of five big laps of 23 kilometers each and four smaller laps of 11 kilometers each. The first three-quarters of the race saw several attacks but none were successful.
“In the first small lap, Andy put pressure on the field and his pace left four riders together at the front,” Andersen explained. “There were Fränk and Andy along with Bob Jungels, who won the U23 race, and Laurent Didier [Saxo Bank SunGard].” The espoir race only included two laps on the finishing circuit, so with two laps remaining in the professional race, Jungels’ race had ended. Didier was left alone with the Schleck brothers. “Andy broke away with 15 kilometers to go,” said Andersen. “This meant Laurent had to pull with Fränk on his wheel. On a climb, Fränk jumped and bridged across to Andy which put the brothers together at the front.” Fränk crossed the line ahead of Andy to earn his fourth national title.
|Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek||3:54:06|
|2||Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek|
|3||Laurent Didier (Lux) Saxo Bank Sungard||0:01:15|