Following two delays due to nagging health problems, Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) will make his season debut on Wednesday at the Giro del Friuli in Italy.
The Tour de France runner-up postponed season openers at the Challenge Mallorca and the Ruta del Sol in Spain last month with knee pain. After taking a short break and undergoing minor treatments, Schleck is ready to click his season into gear.
Schleck also confirmed his racing schedule for the coming months. This weekend, he’ll race Monte Paschi Strade Bianche in Tuscany and then Tirreno-Adriatico followed by Milan-San Remo, all in Italy.
Then he’ll head north to get a taste of cobblestones, in part to prepare for this summer’s Tour de France, with planned starts at A Travérs de Flanders (March 24), GP E3 (March 27) and Ghent-Wevelgem (March 28).
Then it’s off to Spain’s Basque Country for the Vuelta al País Vasco and the Klasika Primavera, where he will hone form ahead of the spring classics, with a heavy week of racing at Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, when he’ll line up as defending champion.
After a short break, Schleck confirmed he will race the Amgen Tour of California in May and use the Tour de Suisse and national championships as his final preparation for the Tour de France, his top goal for the 2010 season.