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Roadcycling.co.nz catches up with Andy Schleck
Jul 10th, 12. After riding up Alpe d'Huez, RoadCycling.co.nz's Ben Christian found Andy Schleck at the local Trek store - here's what Andy had to say.
"Alpe d'Heuz is the most beautiful climb to ride."
It was an organised publicity session that Ben and his group happened upon, but thanks to his trusty voice recorder, RoadCycling.co.nz got in on the action and chatted to the recently crowned 2010 Tour de France winner, and 2011 runner-up.
Questions from RoadCycling.co.nz ....
How is your recovery going ...
"Not as good as I expected. Of course you always want to be fast back on the bike again, but in my case it was a really bad fracture in a bad place.
"I started training again but I had to stop again because I had too much pain. After this I go to see specialists and to have an MRI to see how I am progressing."
Can someone other than Bradley Wiggins win this Tour de France ...
"I saw a really impressive Froome today, I saw an even more impressive Wiggins.
"I don't know - there are chances there to win for the others, there are always chances. There are better climbers than Bradley out there, they will have to take risks.
"I believe there are still many options and you will have to take many options to kick him out of the yellow. I was impressed by Bradley today."
What do you think of your Kiwi neopro teammate George Bennett ...
George? I haven't seen him for awhile. He is a big talent.
"What he needs is years, to develop in the profession of cycling. He is a fighter and that's something you need to be a good bike rider. The quality is there, otherwise he wouldn't be in the team. I see him as still quite young, his muscles haven't developed into the professional world, he needs time. He should take his time.
"I think he is a good talent and a good guy."
Questions asked by others
On his visit to the Trek factory ...
"What I like most about Trek is we get to help develop the bikes. We have the experience - there are not many riders who go down a climb at 100km/h or push 1200 watts on the pedals in a climb - they take our feedback and we talk and discuss with them. Both with Trek and Bontrager.
"I think I was the first one to have it [the new Madone 7]. I was training on it in Sierra Nevada - in fact I was the first one who crashed on that bike! It was in training on a downhill corner, there was some oil and I slipped away. The bike was still ok though, " he joked.
"It takes a while to get used to - it's a different Madone to the other one. Really stiff and in the downhills it is also different. If you buy it, I can recommend don't go full gas at the beginning, try it for 3-4 days as you need to get used to it. It has some different geometry so it's not like the old Madone. It's fast downhill especially, but you have to get used to it.
"But look at the bike, can you make a bike more beautiful than this in terms of shape - I don't think so."
On his plans for the rest of the season ... When asked if he was going to the Tour of Colorado this year.
I don't know yet. The plans for my future are at this stage hanging in the sky. I am planning on doing the Olympics and Vuelta but I have to see what the Doctors say and what my body says also.
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