The Tour de France will see Schleck brothers Frank and Andy in the Trek Factory team. Andy has won the tournament in 2011. But the performance of the brothers has declined after 2011.
Andy is suffering from injury and Frank is well out of form but the Tour de France can witness some great riding from Frank. Andy is going to support Frank in the Tour de France. The brothers have not been able to win since 2011. In the stage of mountain climbing Frank is seen as a top contender and there are lot of expectations from him. The key for Frank is to be in good shape and form. It would have been al the more pleasant to see Andy take part in the Tour de France along with Frank.
Most are pinning their hopes on Frank and if he is capable of sustaining for few stages he should be motivated by his performance and aim to proceed with the same vigour. Though there are strong contenders who will try to compete but if Frank is able to generate a good attack then he has good chance. Even Mark Cavendish hopes to have a smooth ride in Tour de France. Success in the stages is not granted the riders have to plan down a path to be able to cover the distance quickly and with precision.
Being safe is another very important area where Frank needs to concentrate. Though polishing his tactics is equally significant and his morale can be boosted with Andy supporting him. Andy can also give some necessary tips to his brother which will help in his tactics. The tournament is a lengthy process and being successful is the key along with patience and zeal of winning the tournament.
Mark Cavendish’s omega Parma-quick step team confirmed on Friday that after experiencing a fever on Sunday he will not be able to start the Ghent-Wevelgem.
He spent near about 18 hours in bed due to fever which might have caused due to wet and cold at Milan-san Remo where he came on fifth position. Through a statement from the team, Cavendish uttered that on Wednesday he was not feeling well but still he went out on bike. Yesterday again he went out but after an almost hour his muscle started paining and he was not able to go on. He went his home at a 15 km per hour speed. After reaching home he spent his rest of the time on bed.
He also said that he is a little dissatisfied because he was truly geared up for Ghent-Wevelghem. Now his condition is much better than before but still he cannot skip on his train or bike. He has to wait to get fully recovered and will attempt to be at Driedaagse Van De Panne as listed in his program. He also greeted best wishes to his team for the race to be held on Sunday.
Cavendish said later that his legs somehow has stopped working in the race due to bad weather. He was about to race Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday and trying to win for the first time in the 1 day classic after coming seventeenth in 2008 and eighteenth last year but his fever forced him to remain in bed. He felt the consequences of fever.
Before the teams decision not to participate Cavendish Kristoff said to the cycling weekly that if he can’t coach well, it will have a great effect but if he is healthy and fine then it won’t matter a lot. If he will be on bed for two to three days he may not lose out. On Friday afternoon the organizer of Ghent Wevelgem listed Cavendish as a starter no.102. Iljo Kesie will come in his place.