Schleck vows to take revenge

2010-07-19 19:34

Bagneres-De-Luchon - Andy Schleck vowed to take revenge over Alberto Contador after finishing behind the defending champion following a mechanical problem in Monday's 15th stage.

The Saxo Bank rider started the day with the race leader's yellow jersey but his chain jumped off shortly after he launched an attack near the end of the 19.3-km ascent to the Port de Bales.

He was passed by Contador, who eventually gained 39 seconds after riding flat out with fellow Spaniard Samuel Sanchez and Russian Denis Menchov to take the yellow jersey by eight seconds.

The Luxembourg rider said he felt Contador and the other riders should have waited.

"I was feeling very good and I had a mechanical problem, I lost time, it happens, I won't cry, I lost the jersey but it's not over," Schleck told reporters. "My stomach is full of anger and I will take my revenge."

"It's not really nice but what can I say," added Schleck, who said Contador, Menchov and Sanchez would not win the "fair play prize" for their move.

The Schleck controversy was top of the Twitter worldwide trending.

"It's not over, the Tour is just starting, it motivates me for the Tourmalet (Thursday's stage with a mountain top finish).

"I don't think I would have wanted to take the jersey in such fashion," the Luxmebourg rider said,

Contador, who waited for Schleck when he crashed in the second stage to Spa, said he did not see the incident.

"I was told there was an incident but when I attacked I was not aware of it," the 27-year-old rider told reporters.

"When I got the word it had happened, it was too late, we already had gained a lot of time."

"Fair play or not, it's hard to tell," said Schleck's Saxo Bank manager Bjarne Riis. "He (Contador) waited a bit at the beginning, then, I don't know. Too bad."


  • Mr D - 2010-07-19 19:55

    Intersting, so lets see what the Champ will do...Good luck to all

  • Doug - 2010-07-19 20:01

    What complete BS. Contador was behind Schleck when his chain came off and he would definitely have seen Schleck was in trouble. The number of times he looked back to see where Schleck was on the latter stages of the climb confirmed that. He definitley won't win any awards for good sportsmanship and I hope he doesn't win the Tour either.

  • Pearson - 2010-07-19 20:20

    Oh so now you guys probably expect Alonso and everyone else to stop and wait for Hamilton if he has a puncture in a FI Grand Prix????

  • Jeremy - 2010-07-19 20:32

    Ai crybaby. Keeping your chain on is like learning how to stay on a bike. Andy must try those 2 little wheels on his bike. Go Alberto!

  • Big bear - 2010-07-19 20:39

    To all the "expert" cyclist watching TDF. Think back what have you done the last few races when something happend to your competition? This is a race not a fun ride. I have not seen this behaviour in SA races (and sure we will not)

  • Atomic @ Pearson - 2010-07-19 20:50

    Pearson, clearly you dont understand cycling and the sportsmanship that goes along with it...

  • Chain - 2010-07-19 20:53

    I am a Schleck fan but does this incident mean to say that everytime someone have a mechanical problem everyone else have to freeze?

  • DC - 2010-07-19 21:04

    So we call the boks wyners for blaming the ref, so what do we say to Andy. Blame your chain? Thats sport. England goal at the world cup, Maradona hand of god, Henry handball that put Ireland out. Unless you are English, it will all pass are be forgotten until brought up sometime in the future.Maradona is worshiped in Argentina,South America,Africa do you think he cares what the English say. The same with Contador, Spain and many other nations love him. Nobody cares what you wyners think.Good luck to Schleck,i hope he does well,but that does not mean that i now hate Alberto and want Andy to win. Thats sport. we live with it, otherwise it wont be so interesting to watch.

  • Larry - 2010-07-19 21:06

    You so right Doug. Contador has done things like this before, Hope he does not win.@Pearson. You are obviously very green at cycling.

  • Andrew - 2010-07-19 21:07

    Bad sportsmanship by Contador, I personally think he didn't stop because he is scared to death of Schleck, Come on Andy, give him a whipping..@ Pearson, this has sweet f/a to do with F1 my cycling has unwritten rules and Contador didn't follow them, it will cost him the tour..

  • bike rider - 2010-07-19 21:08

    It is common practice to the peloton to wait for the yellow jersey if he has a mechanical issue. It is not set in stone but is a gentlemans agreement. Contador once again shown his arrogance.. I hope Team Saxobank and Shleck punishes Team Astana in the mountain.. An Angry Schleck could make a point tomorrow.. Mr Schleck talk to a certain Texan and get other teams to help ...

  • Big Bear - 2010-07-19 21:16

    Atomic @ Pearson - what have you missed? I bet you Saxo bank would not waited if this happend to Contador. Chain - I agree. I am a Contador man but I do not expect Andy to wait if this happens to Contodar. This is racing and these things happen. Maybe time for a new mechanic Andy!! Pro cyclist should not drop a chain.

  • Glen Stead - 2010-07-19 21:24

    Hey come on guys - its the toughest cycle race in the world. Why would anyone expect Contador or anyone else for that matter to wait for a competitor who had mechanical failures, no room here for sissies i am afraid to say - fire the mechanic!

  • dodgy - 2010-07-19 21:25

    this was such bad sportsmanship. i remember the great sportsmanship between the riders in the previous tour de france. Ullrich, Armstrong and many other riders, not waiting for them when something happened that was not their fault but atleast not attacking. very dirty riding by Contador. this is equal to the Suaraz handball in the quarterfinal

  • Big bear - 2010-07-19 21:47

    Who invented this so calles unwritten rules in cycling? - I think since the English think they can rule the world wit the Americans. There is no immunity for the yellow jersey and there never was. Go Pisteleros you deserve another tour win as the whole friggen world want you to lose. Andrew - sounds like an Eastern Cape remark!!

  • Player2 - 2010-07-19 21:52

    Schleck showed his metal today - an awesome effort despite the setback. Contador also showed who he is today and it was not pleasant to watch. He cannot surely be proud of winning only due to his opponent's mechanical delay.

  • Phillet Liggup - 2010-07-19 21:58

    Contador is a digrace to the ethos of bike racing. The big wheel will turn.

  • dave - 2010-07-19 22:08

    to dc..that was not a refs decision like team sports..this is an individual sport with some team members..and ethics there are like when armstrong waited for jan ulrig and vice versa whem ulrich waited when armstrong fell..called sportmanship..however, not over till the thin man sings,,hell boet.there are two more big hills and the wheel may just turn on the spaniard,,,,lets see if justice prevails..

  • Willie - 2010-07-19 22:28

    What are all these unwritten rules. About time that they use electronic chips and allocate the actual times to riders as they finish. What is this of "finishing in the bunch" even if it is like a minute behind the front guys. Rubbish. Let them fight for every second, then we will see who really is the best. It is a race and tough luck if your opponent has a problem!!! Next time, ask the All Blacks to hold back because Bakkies is off for 10 minutes - what a joke.

  • dave - 2010-07-19 22:51

    willie..4 ur information, they are all electronicly timed but like all cycling around the world even the argus. to avoid millions of crashes with 190 bicycles racing for a time, they allocate a time for the bunch..not to mention these guys are doing 3800kms in be a bit lenient,, now as for that unsporting self centered bakkies botha ..contador even though he never gave schleck the oppurtunity to get back on his cycle. is more of a sportsman....and believe me he should give the yellow jersey that loose the bakkies example,,thats a bit week,,,he never asked the chin to come off...bakkies head butted the chain off....

  • Lance - 2010-07-20 02:25

    Contador is best described by the first 4 letters of his surname, hope he finds some oil coming down one of the mountain bends.

  • Joe - 2010-07-20 07:04

    I'm glad Contador didn't wait. Now he can have his ass kicked by Andy! Nothing like anger to make you ride faster!

  • Van - 2010-07-20 07:15

    It is clear to see who of the people commenting here have never really watched cycling or followed the sport other than maybe in passing every July. Cycling is not rugby so stop your comparing the two. Yes there are a a few unwritten rules or gentlemans agreements. That is the nature of the game and it has been such for a very very long time. It is part and parcel of what makes up the history of thi sport and why actions such as that of Renshaw are so out of place. The Tour de France just like all cycling races is not so much about who crosses the line first. It is all about how you get there. It is the story of the battle that becomes legend and makes this sport great. There is no proud tale of personal triumph to be told when your victory was gifted by a mecahnical failure or some such thing. Make no mistake, Contador is certainly worthy of the yellow jersey but it would be a hollow victory if this this turns out to be the way he won the TDF.

  • DC@Dave - 2010-07-20 07:49

    I didnt see you or anyone complain when Arnstrong fell 3 times at the beginning of this tour and nobody waited for him. So what is your point. Good for some, but dont bother with others? Its simple, no waiting for anyone, just get on with it. Then we may start talking about wether or nor they should wait for someone who needs the toilet or something.If theres a rule, yes follow it, but there is no such rule. They are not there to make any friends. Both of them would do everything to win. Contador cannot wait for Schleck & then loose time to Sanchez. Why are you not complaining that Sanchez should also have waited.

  • Old bike rider - 2010-07-20 08:39

    No ways is this bad sportsmanship by Contador. Schleck made a rookie mistake changing gears too quick on a climb and the chain came off. Why should Contador wait for his rival's mistake?

  • dave ct - 2010-07-20 08:49

    willie i don't think you really understand cycling.... the guys just cycled 150 km, the challenge is to stay with the pace over the whole day not play silly buggers trying to get to the front of the bunch in the sprint. there'd be way more injuries and no better cycling. let the sprinters cycle at the end and the gc guys battle it out during the stage

  • Toy - 2010-07-20 09:19

    Cuntador is such an upstart. Shooting his pistola at the jeering crowd. What a prick

  • Chris - 2010-07-20 09:21

    I'm sitting on the fence on this one. If Andy didn't attack, then Contador would've have waited. Andy attacked and paid the price. I'd like Andy to win, but Contador is at least 2 minutes quicker in the TT anyway.

  • Brett Pretorius - 2010-07-20 09:44

    @ Van... You seem to be waxing lyrical about cycling. I think you need to have a new look around at your precious valiant cyclists. The vast majority are cheats. Hidden motors, drugs, blood transfusions... No thanks, I can visit the local prison cells for free if I want to see that kind of behaviour...

  • Mike - 2010-07-20 10:04

    there are a lot of comments here from people whole have little or no ideaof how the grand tours work. The gentleman's agreement in the peloton and the leaders for tht matter is that you do not attack the yellow jersey if he suffers a mechanical failure or a fall. you do not stop. but you do not attack. You need to understand the supreme superhuman effort these guys go through and need to understand the mutual respect these guys have for each other. What Contador did was stupid, and the peloton will make him pay. You can dismiss the honour code of the peloton. As for why no one waited for lance... he was not the leader and you do not wait for the "non contenders" I think today and thursday it going to be very very interesting.

  • @Chris - 2010-07-20 10:11 cant say that someone is 2 mins faster in the TT before its taken place...if youve watched any TDF before you will know how the yellow transforms riders to ride beyond their abilities. Now if things remain the same until TT, Shleck will be starting ahead of Contador instead of the otherway round and wont be in yellow...big difference that!

  • Nic - 2010-07-20 10:16

    Unless someone other than Contador wins this TDF has been ruined for me. Its not just about the time difference, but the whole psychological game that Schleck was playing has been destroyed. It was amazing and really sad to see poor sportsmanship from Contador change what was turning out to be a classic TDF. If Shleck can come back and win from here, well then it will be awesome but I for one can say Contador has lost my support, probably for ever.

  • ham - 2010-07-20 10:58

    Contador didn't lead the attack, Sanchez and Menchov did. It looked like AC wanted to wait, but then the 3rd and 4th placed riders would have gained time on him. He had to make a decision, and he made the correct one. Give the guy a break.

  • TFD Crazy - 2010-07-20 10:58

    What can I say, Contador is clearly very, very scared of Schleck. What would anyone do if they knew that their oponent was takking the P#ss out of the mentally and alomost toying with them on the Big mountain stages. Dont get me wrong, Schleck struggled to drop contador as well. But he Almost got away, that would have been great, but it did not happen. I don't agree with what Contador did, but I do understand WHY. I dont think that 8s will be enough either way, and that the real fight has just begun, so lets enjoy the Battle that will come our way!

  • Van - 2010-07-20 13:03

    @Brett Pretorious: If I sound like I am waxing lyrical it is becaus this is a sport that I care for. If there is any looking around tha needs to be done I suggest that you do so. True, cycling has had a checkered past but making a sweeping statement such as you did is unwarrented. The only reason that drugs have become so synonymous to cycling is that cycling is the only sport that has been publicly decdicated to ridding itself of this problem.

  • ronetti - 2010-07-20 13:54

    contador did the exact same thing in the 2009 TDF to his own team mate vinokourov, his has no sportmanship, his no teamplayer, his a selfish arrogant little B@$%%&D. Hope Andy win the TDF, he really deserve to win.

  • WTF - 2010-07-20 15:00

    Ok, I've read about gentlemen rules and waiting for the yellow jersey, and how unsporting Contador was. Lets accept these rules for the moment. Stage 3, Sylvain Chavanel in yellow. He punctures. A crash occur that split the peleton. Seeing that Chavanel is in yellow he should not be attacked, right. Wrong. Schleck and Saxobank attack and win 3' 58" on him. All of Schelcks' comments are setting him up to look like the whining spoilt little boy he is come the TT. He should get on with it and accept that the chain incident was his error (unlike punctures) which occurred during a time when he attacked Contador.

  • Kb - 2010-07-20 15:21

    Who the hell waits for their opponent while they are having a mechanical. Did anyone from the other teams wait for Lance or any of the other riders that fell during the earlier stages of the race accept for their own teammates? Stop been a bunch of bloody hippocrates. No cyclist has to adhere to unwritten rules, cycle racing is not a sissies sport - cylists crash others get mechanicals - its all part of the sport. The TDF is not a bloody kindergarten soccer match where no score is kept. This is the biggest cycling race in the world-RACE, not club ride!!! Now Schleck stop crying and ride your bloody bike and next time the chain comes off bkilsim your mechanic!

  • Grow up - 2010-07-20 16:44

    Grow up, stop complaining like spoilt kids. Go look at WTF's comment up top, it explains exactly how Andy Schlek and Saxo-bank are being hypocrites. There is no "he deserves to win" in sport. If you finish in Number 1 spot, then you deserve to win. Otherwise, you don't deserve anything.

  • Mike - 2010-07-21 09:00

    @WTF @ Grow Up... Sylvain Chavanel is not a contender for the Tour de France. He never was. None of the cycling fans and addicts expect you to understand. It is just one of those things, but if Andy is destined to win then so be it. If the other chop wins, no one really cares. He will never be more than a frowned upon rider with no integrity or respect.

  • WTF - 2010-07-21 09:56

    @Mike Quote: "The gentleman's agreement in the peloton and the leaders for tht (sic) matter is that you do not attack the yellow jersey if he suffers a mechanical failure or a fall. you do not stop. but you do not attack." This is a quote from your own posting. No mention of being a "contender", only of the yellow jersey. I objectively pointed out the hypocracy displayed by Schleck using the rule YOU quoted. The fact that your responce could only revert to "but you dont understand" maybe shows why you support Schleck in the first place.

  • Aje - 2010-07-22 11:48

    I think Andy should've kept his mouth shut and taken it on the chin. He was the one who attacked and apparently caused the chain to jump. This whole attitude of "I've been wronged" makes him sound like a kid who wants everyone to feel sorry for him. Wasn't he one of the riders who benefited from Chavanel's problems earlier in the race? If Contador is villified for what happened, then so should all of the riders in that group be.

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