Andy Schleck will return to racing in North America

Schleck to race in North America, not the Vuelta, after returning from his pelvic fracture

LONDON (AFP) — Former Tour de France champion Andy Schleck, who will miss the Olympics as he recovers from a fractured pelvis, will return to competition in North America, his RadioShack-Nissan team confirmed on Friday.

“I’m happy to annouce that Andy Schleck will soon be ready to race again,” team manager Johan Bruyneel wrote on his blog, but added that Schleck would not compete in the Vuelta a España.

Bruyneel said that Schleck would compete in the USA Pro Challenge, in Colorado, from August 20 to 26, and the Quebec and Montreal Grands Prix on September 7 and 9, followed by the world championships and two end-of-season races in China.

Schleck, awarded the 2010 yellow jersey after the disqualification of Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), failed to make this year’s Tour after suffering the injury when he was blown off his bike at the Critérium du Dauphiné in early June. Contador will return to racing at the Vuelta after being banned in February in a doping case from that 2010 Tour.

In recent weeks the Luxembourg climbing specialist has tried to ride his bike, but had to get off because of the pain.