Skip to main content

2010 champion Andy Schleck out of this year's Tour de France

June 13, 2012 -- Updated 1855 GMT (0255 HKT)
Andy Schleck was presented with the yellow jersey for his 2010 Tour de France win after Alberto Contador was disqualified for doping offenses.
Andy Schleck was presented with the yellow jersey for his 2010 Tour de France win after Alberto Contador was disqualified for doping offenses.
  • Andy Schleck pulls out of this year's Tour de France through injuruy
  • Luxembourg's Schleck injured in a crash in a warm-up race
  • RadioShack rider awarded 2010 race after Alberto Contador disqualified
  • David Millar named in British squad for Olympic road race

(CNN) -- Luxembourg's Andy Schleck has been forced to pull out of this year's Tour de France due to injuries he suffered in a warm-up race, he confirmed Wednesday.

It is a bitter blow for the 27-year-old, who was recently crowned the 2010 champion of cycling's most famous race following the disqualification of Alberto Contador of Spain for doping offenses.

RadioShack's Schleck was among the favorites for the 98th edition, which will start from Liege in Belgium on June 30, but a fractured pelvis has put paid to his hopes.

He sustained the injury when he crashed during the 53km time trial stage of the Criterium du Dauphine last Thursday, caught by a ferocious gust of wind.

"It is the biggest disappointment of my career. I would rather have finished last on the Tour than not be able to participate at all," Schleck told a press conference in Luxembourg.

It is the biggest disappointment of my career. I would rather have finished last on the Tour than not be able to participate at all
Andy Schleck

"I will need to be back to 100 percent before I can start riding again. I hope to be at the Olympics," he added.

It completes a miserable 2012 for Schleck, who has been forced to abandon preparatory stage races such as Paris-Nice, the Tour of Catalunya and the Dauphine through a mixture of injury and illness.

But he had hoped to attend a final training camp in the Pyrenees mountains until hospital scans revealed the full extent of his injuries.

His brother Franck, who finished third in last year's Tour de France, will now spearhead the RadioShack effort at this year's race.

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins, who has won the Paris Nice and Criterium du Dauphine this season, will start the three-week race as favorite.

He will be bidding to become the first British rider to win the Tour while Australia's Cadel Evans will be defending his title.

Contador, given a retrospective two-year ban which ends after this year's Tour de France, is set to make his return at the Tour of Spain where Andy Schleck hopes to compete.

In other cycling news Wednesday, David Millar has been named in the Great Britain squad for the road race at the London Olympics.

Millar served a two-year ban from 2004-2006 for a doping offense and under a then British Olympic Association bye-law was banned for life from Olympic competition.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned that ruling in April, allowing Millar to be selected.

Millar has been named in a long-list of eight riders which will be whittled down to five before the Games.

Part of complete coverage on
May 7, 2014 -- Updated 1637 GMT (0037 HKT)
Photography can really pack a punch. Catch up with all the best shots from around the world with our weekly sports gallery.
May 7, 2014 -- Updated 1200 GMT (2000 HKT)
Of course not. But former Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed seems to think the removal of Michael Jackson's statue was a very "bad" idea.
May 7, 2014 -- Updated 1636 GMT (0036 HKT)
Second-tier French side Clermont Foot appoint Helena Costa -- the country's first ever professional female coach of a male team.
April 28, 2014 -- Updated 1513 GMT (2313 HKT)
San Francisco 49ers owner and co-chairman John York speaks to CNN about Michael Sam and the upcoming NFL Draft.
April 25, 2014 -- Updated 1733 GMT (0133 HKT)
The All Blacks and their fans are focused on one thing, says Dan Carter: becoming the first rugby nation to win back-to-back World Cups.
April 4, 2014 -- Updated 1308 GMT (2108 HKT)
The 2002 bomb attacks in Bali had many victims -- including a touring rugby team from Hong Kong.
Photographer Danny Lyon spent three days with Muhammad Ali in 1972 and shares his best photos and memories of the champ.
February 25, 2014 -- Updated 1254 GMT (2054 HKT)
With a growing audience boosted by the drama of ice hockey on show in Sochi at the Winter Olympics, can the sport capitalize on its popularity?
January 20, 2014 -- Updated 1125 GMT (1925 HKT)
Her paintings may sell for thousands of dollars, but she is best known for a modeling shot 50 years ago that helped launch a business empire.
January 9, 2014 -- Updated 1701 GMT (0101 HKT)
When the eye of the storm closes in most people head home -- but for these surfers it's a different story.
January 6, 2014 -- Updated 1445 GMT (2245 HKT)
Gareth Evans is a school teacher in South Africa. In 1983, he attended a "rebel tour" cricket match against the West Indies.
December 17, 2013 -- Updated 1507 GMT (2307 HKT)
In the wake of protests in his native Ukraine, heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has turned his back on boxing to focus on his political ambitions.
August 9, 2013 -- Updated 0920 GMT (1720 HKT)
Former pole vaulter Sergei Bubka is running to be president of the International Olympic Committee.
The Olympics must use its global reach and immense popularity to help save a generation, says sporting icon Sergei Bubka.
August 7, 2013 -- Updated 1632 GMT (0032 HKT)
CNN's Fred Pleitgen exposes a history of German government-funded doping throughout the Cold War.
April 9, 2013 -- Updated 1628 GMT (0028 HKT)
A competitor crosses the erg Znaigui during the second stage of the 26rd edition of the 'Marathon des Sables', on April 4, 2011, some 300 Kilometers, South of Ouarzazate in Morocco. The marathon is considered one of the hardest in the world, with 900 participants having to walk 250 kms (150 miles) for seven days in the Moroccan Sahara.
A six-day run that covers more than 220 km through the scorching heat of the Sahara desert has been billed as the "World's toughest race."
April 10, 2013 -- Updated 1149 GMT (1949 HKT)
He plays the only sport approved by the Taliban, a game he learned as a war refugee in Pakistan.