Brothers Andy and Frank Schleck are leaving their Saxo Bank team and are set to join a home brewed Luxembourg outfit next season.
“It’s official that we will not be riding with Bjarne next season,” Andy Schleck said. “We are going to leave at the end of the year,” he added.
Both brothers have had good seasons so far with Andy finishing 2nd overall in this years Tour with Frank winning this years Tour of Switzerland. Unfortunately for Frank he crashed out of the Tour sustaining a broken collar bone.
With Saxo Bank set to leave the sport at the end of 2010, many rumours have been flying around as to where they will end up. Both brothers firmly believe that they need to race in the same team meaning there would need to be space for two riders in whichever team they choose.
“We’re not going to stay. We’re going to leave at the end of the year. All the doubts and news about us racing in the same team as (Tour de France champion Alberto) Contador are now finished. We’re not going to continue.”
Both brothers have spent a long time with Riis. Andy has spent five years and Frank eight years. Riis admits that he has known about the brothers move for a while , “I can not imagine a new Luxembourg team without Frank and Andy Schleck in it.”
The Schlecks confirmed as much when they said: “We can’t say where we’re going but of course there’s a team in Luxembourg coming up … we made our mind up and Bjarne knows.”