RadioShack-Leopard will ride for Andy Schleck at the upcoming Tour de France, the team announced in a press release on Wednesday.
Schleck, who has struggled since a hard crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné last summer left him with a fractured pelvis, said in April that he would not be the team’s No. 1 rider at the Tour. But an improved performance at the recent Tour de Suisse, in which he placed 40th, showed team bosses that he was in good enough form for the three-week race.
Schleck finished second in the 2010 Tour but was declared the victor after Alberto Contador was stripped of his victory because of a doping positive. He missed the 2012 Tour because of his injury.
“We are happy to see that Andy is back,” general manager Luca Guercilena said. “Nobody in the team ever had doubts about the talent of Andy. Little by little he has come back to the level where we expect him. The Tour de Suisse encouraged and convinced us to give him the role he deserves and to give him the opportunity to have dedicated riders surrounding and supporting him.”
The squad has two other GC contenders in Andreas Klöden and Spaniard Haimar Zubeldia. Klöden has finished second two times, while Zubeldia has four top-10 results.
“You can consider Haimar as our second weapon,” Guercilena said. “Haimar, sixth last year, is always consistent and delivers his best.”
RadioShack for the 2013 Tour de France