The Hitch wrote:Well that saves a perrenial cq spot on my team.
Its sad though.
Looking back the years Schleck was good were golden years compared to what cycling is now. Well the 2009 Tour sucked real bad, but the other 4 he competed in + that Giro were better than the gts weve been getting recently.
And the attack on stage 18 2011, 60km out, made up for all his lack of attacking pretty much the rest of his career, it was that good, and only Contador from the recent era has done anything remotely similar.
Harmon seemed to be the only one not impressed with that attack and referred to it in the following year's Dauphine commentary. Also had a dig at his brother saying that neither of them had the fire in the belly. Brian Smith seemed to agree with that statement and said that Andy did not try often enough, at that point of the Dauphine he had been dropped on a minor stage and was riding with sprinters and chatting with Vino in the pack. Smith said he was not trying and it certainly looked that way, he also said that the fans of Schleck and the team deserved better. This is why Andy never had the passionate fanbase other riders had. He was popular but for other reasons.
I enjoyed his attack on the Galibier but it was like his team and Schleck himself just woke up to the danger of Evans on GC with only two mountain stages to go which I found very odd and both Schlecks had made it easy for Evans up till then. I think they expected Contador who was not at his best to do more attacking and they only seemed to worry about him. All the time Evans was sitting just off the top of GC in a very good position especially with the final TT to come.
I liked watching Andy when he performed re the Galibier stage and his Liege win but for me and many others, the performances were too few and I don't mean the periods when he was recovering from crashes or injuries. Still I wish him luck with his future.