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Andy Schleck: ‘No reason to be happy’

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Feb. 6, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM EDT
Andy Schleck (R) in the best young rider's jersey celebrates after winning ahead of overall leader, Spain's Alberto Contador, during the 17th stage of the 2010 Tour de France between Pau and Col du Tourmalet pass in French Pyrenees. (file) AFP PHOTO PASCAL PAVANI

ALCUDIA, Spain (VN) — Andy Schleck says he takes no satisfaction out of Monday’s ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to award him the 2010 Tour de France.

Schleck will be declared the official winner after CAS stripped Alberto Contador of the victory in the wake of Monday’s ruling on the long-running clenbuterol case.

Schleck did not speak to reporters at the Mallorca Challenge in Spain, but released this statement via his RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team:

“There is no reason to be happy now”, Schleck said in the state. “First of all I feel sad for Alberto. I always believed in his innocence. This is just a very sad day for cycling. The only positive news is that there is a verdict after 566 days of uncertainty. We can finally move on.”

“I trust that the CAS judges took all things into consideration after reading a 4,000 page file. If now I am declared overall winner of the 2010 Tour de France it will not make me happy. I battled with Contador in that race and I lost. My goal is to win the Tour de France in a sportive way, being the best of all competitors, not in court. If I succeed this year, I will consider it as my first Tour victory.”

Schleck and Contador lined up together side-by-side before the start of Sunday’s opening stage of the four-day Mallorca Challenge. Schleck was overheard wishing Contador “good luck” with Monday’s expected ruling.

Schleck did not race in Monday’s leg of the Mallorca Challenge and instead went on a training ride. Speaking briefly to journalists before his ride, Schleck would only say he would not comment until the verdict was officially announced.

When he returned from his ride, team boss Johan Bruyneel said no members of the team would be allowed to speak to the collected media.
Schleck becomes the second rider to be declared the winner of a Tour in a doping case.

In 2006, Floyd Landis tested positive for synthetic testosterone and Oscar Pereiro was later named winner of that year’s Tour.

Read also: Contador banned for two years

Who ‘wins’ after Contador ban

Complete coverage of Alberto Contador’s clenbuterol case

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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