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RadioShack-Leopard have confirmed that Fränk Schleck will not be rejoining the team when his ban expires a week on Sunday - in effect, sacking him. The 33-year-old, third overeall in the 2011 Tour de France, tested positive for the diuretic xipamide during last year's race, with the positive test being announced on the second rest day in Pau and in January was handed a partially backdated, 12-month ban.

In a statement, the team said:

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. 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.

News that the senior Schleck sibling won't be returning to the team whose line-up at the Tour de France includes his brother Andy, himself looking to put a difficult 12 months behind him since fracturing his sacrum in the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine, is perhaps unsurprising.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that bicycle manufacturer Trek will be taking over the licence from Leopard SA at the end of the season.

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Leviathan [2269 posts] 3 years ago
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Hmm, I had hardly notices Andy was in the tour. I would be surprised if he does more than rise a bit in the GC when the mountains come. He is a big boy now and should not need Frank. If he is to make a substantial comeback it has to be on his own efforts.

As for Frank, well I don't know anything about Xipamide, so I guess he can continue doing his job not troubling any of the big titles so I don't have to think about all the ambiguity and convoluted wikipedia results entries.

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ridein [159 posts] 3 years ago
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"My stomach is full of anger, and I want to take my revenge,” Andy said. Since Frank is Andy's crutch, maybe this is how RST get Andy fired up.

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Gkam84 [9092 posts] 3 years ago
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So that's Frank done for then, because of the MPCC?? Any team signed up to that, can't sign Frank, is that right?

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ragtag [218 posts] 3 years ago
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There's always Katusha or Astana.  19

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James Warrener [1083 posts] 3 years ago
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Expect Andy to abandon the Tour in the next few days...

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PJ McNally [591 posts] 3 years ago
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Leopard wishes Fränk Schleck a successful continuation of his career.

They are joking, right? That's pretty cruel.

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

So that's Frank done for then, because of the MPCC?? Any team signed up to that, can't sign Frank, is that right?

The MPCC rule is:

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■Teams won’t sign a rider caught in a doping ban for longer than six months (except for Whereabouts mistakes) for two years following their eligible return

So technically he may come back (possibly on a lower ranked team) or one not signed up with MPCC but I agree, if teams stick to this then his career is almost over.

Wouldn't put it past Astana to sign him up immediately though.

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georgee [170 posts] 3 years ago
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He could always go all repentant on us and then head over to Garmin, however he strikes me as the greasy, slippery fucker who'll never repent

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Leviathan [2269 posts] 3 years ago
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Frank Schleck looks like Jamie Murray methinks. Both not quite as good as younger siblings.