Andy Schleck won’t start Tour du Haut Var-Matin

RadioShack-Leopard says Schleck will return to racing later this month in italy

PARIS (AFP) — Andy Schleck is delaying his return to competition after a respiratory infection, his RadioShack team announced on Friday.

Schleck, who was due to ride in the Tour du Haut Var-Matin in the south of France this weekend, will not now take part.

“Schleck feels healthy again after his infection of the respiratory tract, which forced him to abandon last week’s Tour Méditerranéen, but team management, together with the medical staff of the team, decided to not take any risk,” the team announced.

Team manager Luca Guercilena added: “We were happy to see Andy doing well in training the last few days. There is however a big difference between training and race situations. We want to prevent a relapse because of the race.

“Andy’s main goals are situated later in the season. It’s better that we are cautious now instead of taking steps backward.”

Schleck will continue his training build-up in Mallorca and is now expected to resume competition February 28 in the Grand Premio Città di Camaiore in Italy.