Andy Schleck’s (RadioShack-Leopard) problems on the bike have been well-documented, the most recent one being his withdrawal from Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday.
The 2010 Tour de France champion broke his pelvis in a crash last year and missed the Tour and the rest of the season. This year, he’s finished just one of the three races in which he’s started. His team manger Luca Guercilena told VeloNews he hopes Schleck seeks psychological treatment for issues stemming from his crash last summer.
French politician Pierre-Yves Leborgn, a cycling fan who attends the Ardennes Classics almost every year, claims he ran into Schleck at an airport hotel in Munich earlier this week after the rider’s withdrawal from Tirreno-Adriatico. Leborgn said Schleck was drunk.
Leborgn posted about the encounter on Facebook, saying he saw someone trying — and failing — to press one of the hotel elevator’s buttons. Leborgn said he recognized Schleck immediately, and noted he was wearing a team jacket.
“I had the impression of seeing a young guy adrift, drunk and alone at night in an airport hotel,” wrote Leborgn, who helped Schleck get to his floor.
There has been much reaction to the incident, and Leborgn said he regrets making it public.
“I offer my most sincere apologies, starting of course with Andy Schleck,” he told L’essentiel Online. “I have the greatest admiration for Andy Schleck, whose career in the Tour and the Ardennes has excited me for years.”