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CSC's Fränk Schleck - Rider Profile
By Staff
Date: 5/22/2006
CSC's Fränk Schleck - Rider Profile

CSC's Fränk Schleck - Rider Profile
Frank Schleck winner of the Amstel Gold this year a modest and talented all rounder... and part of the planned CSC team for Ivan Basso's assault at the Tour de France. "It's all about planning and discipline,"

One of the cycling world's up and coming names in recent years is a Team CSC rider, and this is no coincidence. "It's all about planning and discipline," is the simple explanation offered by the cycling talent from Luxembourg.

Frank Schleck  photo c. Bart Hazen

Age: 26 years
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Date of birth: April 15, 1980
Place of birth: Luxembourg
Residence: Mondorf-les-Bains, Grand-Duchy of Luxemburg

Frank spent his espoir years with the Slovakian squad De Nardi/Pasta Montegrappa (2000) and Festina during 2001 as a stagiare. In 2002 at 22 years of age, he spent a year on the Team CSC/Tiscali elite team. In 2003 he signed his first pro contract with Bjarne Riis and Team CSC.

Hailing from the homeland of Charly Gaul the legendary climber and Grand Tour winner you could say cycling is in his blood. If you did, you might also say its in his gene's too. And you would be right a second time, Frank comes from a cycling family, his father Johnny Schleck was a pro from 1969 through 1974 on the French outfit Bic. Both Frank and Andy his younger brother 21 years of age, have followed their father's footsteps into the pro ranks, and no surprise when Andy joined Frank on the CSC squad.

Frank raced in cyclocross races as a junior in Luxemburg. In 2003 he placed third in the fourth stage of Giro della Provincia di Lucca, but this was just the first whisper of promise from the 23 year old.  In 2004 he followed up with three top 5 placements with 2nd in the second stage of the Criterium International and third in stage 7 of the Tour de Suisse.

2005 followed with good results in the Tour Méditerranéen, Tour de Suisse, Paris-Nice, Giro Lombardia and Etoile de Besseges as well as a national championship. Frank also showed last year, a consistency of results collecting  11 top 5 placements, the stage 4 win in the Tour de Mediterranean and second in the G.C. Other notable finishes included a 5th place in the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia  in a long break with 5 other riders; Frank finished his  first Giro that year in a credible 42nd place. It was no longer a whisper of a promise, it was strong voice ready to break out and sing, it was only a matter of time before the rider would have a breakout performance.

After an attack with 8 kms to go on the Cauberg and a solo victory Frank Schleck opened his winners account for the 2006 season at Amstel Gold in April.  Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

The victory in the Amstel Gold Race was the culmination of an excellent spring season starting with a fifth place in Paris-Nice, great work in Milano-San Remo and an 11th place in Criterium International in March. A single week in the middle of April brought the victory in Amstel Gold Race, a fourth place in La Flèche Wallone and a seventh place in Liégé-Bastogne-Liégé.

CSC team mates Ivan and Frank this April in Leige.
Photo c Bart Hazen

"Bjarne [Riis], Kim Andersen and I put together a very detailed plan before the start of the season, and as a result I was already in great shape for Paris-Nice, which quickly paid off in the shape of a good result. I was ready for every single race. The plan was really brilliant and I've followed it religiously," explains Schleck.

"Winning Amstel wasn't a given for me, but I prepared properly and I was willing to do whatever it took. The main thing for me is doing my absolute best at all times. If that's not enough I'll have to learn to live with it. It's much worse if you don't do your best and feel bitter about it afterwards," says Schleck, whose idols as a junior were Miguel Indurain, Michele Bartoli and Paolo Bettini.

What does the future hold for this major talent? - Schleck won't go into specifics, but he knows what he wants from his career: "I don't dare to guess, where I'm at in three years time, but I do know that I'll do what it takes. I don't want to look at myself in the mirror tomorrow or in a year and say “I could've done that better…or if only….”

"As far as specific goals for the future I don't have that many.....yes, at some point I would like to stand on the podium at one of the three great Tours".

Amstel Podium Steffen Weseman, Frank Schleck and Michael Boogerd
photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

Schleck is not only careful with his predictions for the future, he is also very modest.  "I'm no big profile in the peloton. I'm still the same as every one else and this is actually a common attitude among riders. Just look at Ivan Basso, Jens Voigt and Bobby Julich, who are all big profiles, but still really down to earth guys. We're no different to other people."

Schleck still lives in his home country of Luxembourg, even though at times he wishes he lived in Italy with better weather for training. But it is possible he might be training elsewhere for the Tour.

"It's likely that I'll join Ivan [Basso] in Italy for a few days ahead of the Tour. From now on everything I do is about preparing for the Tour. Everything I eat, drink and do is part of the master plan for getting me ready."

Thanks to the Team CSC.

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