Lexman wrote:anybody knows why he abandoned at CI sunday?
I think if you were dropped on the 5th climb, like he was, you had no chance of finishing anymore. Only 57 riders finished, 18 more were HD. I don't know how long he kept going after he was dropped but I suppose after a while it must have gotten apparent to all these riders that they wouldn't be able to finish.
He was working for his team though:
Don't know how hard he was working though. On the team website, they said "Andy [Schleck] did a very good pull on a climb early on, to break things up. Everyone did the job they should today.” That might also be BS though, you never know with this team propaganda.
In any case I don't think he will be able to do anything special for the Ardennes. He has one week to prepare for País Vasco, then one week racing, then another week to prepare for Amstel. I highly doubt he can make up enough to reach a high level. But apparently he will do Romandy after Liège, so that might be interesting.