RadioShack-Leopard management has made a decision on banned team captain Fränk Schleck, who is set to return to racing following a one-year ban over his failed doping test at the 2012 Tour de France.
“With the end of Fränk Schleck’s suspension approaching, Leopard and its partners have assessed the situation in view of a possible renewal of the collaboration with Fränk Schleck,” the team said in a press release. “Having finalized this assessment in a broad and objective way, Leopard has decided to not renew the collaboration between Fränk Schleck and the RadioShack Leopard Trek cycling team.
“Leopard wishes Fränk Schleck a successful continuation of his career.”
Schleck tested positive for banned diuretic Xipamide during the 2012 Tour and is eligible to return to racing on July 14.
The announcement does not rule out a return for Schleck at the team, as Leopard S.A. has sold its WorldTour racing license to Trek Bicycle Co. for 2014. Current general manager Luca Guercilena, whom the team hired following the departure of Johan Bruyneel in late 2012, will continue to lead the team beyond 2013. The Italian would not comment on the Schleck situation when asked by VeloNews last week.
Fabian Cancellara announced earlier this week that he would return to the team for three years.