Schleck abandons Tirreno-Adriatico in cold, wet weather
Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Leopard) abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico during a wet, cold stage 6 on Monday. After the stage, his team manager said that he hoped the 2010 Tour de France champion would seek psychological help in his return from the 2012 crash that kept him out of the Tour.
Schleck stepped into the broom wagon at the back of the race early in the 209-kilometer route around Porto Sant’Elpidio, Italy, on Monday.
The Luxembourger abandoned the Santos Tour Down Under in January after flatting late in the final stage. He has finished just one race, the GP Camaiore, since suffering a pelvic fracture at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June 2012.
“He had bronchitis after Australia, he was a bit sick from jet lag, the temperature change, and so on. He canceled [Tour of] Oman. He’s been in a training camp almost every day until now,” RadioShack manager Luca Guercilena told VeloNews on Sunday. “At the moment, you need to ride. Even Paris-Nice or Dwars door Drenthe is canceled for snow. Tirreno has been a good choice because they can do long distances and work on performances, fixing daily goals.”
Guercilena said on Monday that Schleck continues to deal with psychological challenges in getting back to speed in the peloton.
“We were sad to see Andy abandon. He has been improving a lot but in these conditions, he wasn’t able to follow today,” said Guercilena. “His condition is coming up, but on a physically demanding day like today, it just wasn’t enough. We think he still suffers psychologically from last year’s crash. We hope he continues to work through this and that it passes soon. This is the most important thing. We want our Andy back. We think he can benefit from working with someone in the effort to help him find his old self. This is important to all of us.”