Andy Schleck Pilots Zipp 202s to Leige-Bastogne-Leige Win
With an irresistible attack 20 kilometres from the finish line Team Saxo Bank rider Andy Schleck took a monumental solo victory in the last of the big classics, Liege-Bastogne-Liège. Before then, the team controlled the big Belgian race in an impressive fashion and the Luxembourg hope for the Tour got the work done without any consideration on the penultimate climb where no one could follow the 24-year-old winner.
With Andy Schleck's victory Team Saxo Bank sealed the classic season in the best way possible.
"It is a dream that comes true for me with a victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liège. It has always been the biggest one-day race to me and it is difficult for me to put into words how much this means to me to be at the top of the podium in such a huge event. I could never have succeeded without a team and I am sincerely grateful to them for having believed in me and to be completely superior on the course. After my second place in the Fleche Wallone I was actually a little disappointed, but I used that feeling as a motivation to go all the way today. My chance was to stake everything on one throw and try to get to the finish line alone and it was an indescribable feeling to cross the line that way. Now I have proved that I can win one of the world's biggest races, and it gives me an enormous confidence in relation to the next major goal: The Tour de France", said a happy Andy Schleck after the victory.
Photo: (C) Tim De Waele