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Andy Schleck treated for knee injury — De Telegraaf
Andy Schleck was treated for a knee injury two weeks ago in Basel, Switzerland, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
The knee pain began during an exploration of the Tour de France Alpine stages, and the RadioShack-Nissan team staff decided to send him to the clinic of one of the team doctors. Schleck was treated for the injury and took three days’ rest. The injury cost him a week of training.
“Therefore I do not find it surprising that I am a bit behind at the Dauphiné,” Schleck said. “Of course I prefer to show a better condition, but if you look at the preparation, this makes sense. I think over the next three days I will perform a lot better. The panic which prevails in some people because I was discharged on the first stage, I do not share. I’m not panicking.”
Schleck: ‘I’m not bluffing’ — L’Equipe
Following a disastrous first few stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné, where he hemorrhaged time both in the opening prologue and in the first two relatively easy stages, there have been questions as to whether Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) is simply bluffing, putting on a show of bad form to put his rivals off the scent.
The Luxembourger put those doubts to rest Wednesday morning, when he responded to that very question from reporters.
“I am not bluffing,” he said. “I am below the race pace because I have not raced since Liège,” adding, “everyday I feel better and better.”
Former racer Wim Vansevenant avoids prosecution — Het Nieuwsblad
Former professional Wim Vansevenant does not need to appear before criminal court for his alleged ties to a suspect package found in the Zaventum airport. The package, which was addressed to Vansevenant, contained only amino acids though an investigation revealed that the 40-year-old Belgian had believed he was purchasing TB500, a banned drug.
“My client is now free from prosecution for violations of doping law. This is logical, since they were not doping products,” said Vansevenant’s lawyer, Marijn Van Nooten. “He received suspended sentences for the importation of drugs.”