Andy Schleck of Team Saxo Bank continues to suffer an awful season this year as he suffers yet another setback by having to drop out of the 2010 Volta a Catalunya before the start of the 2nd stage. Neither Schleck or representatives from Team Saxo Bank have given statements regarding the specific reason.
Schleck had joined the opening time trial race for the Volta a Catalunya and finished at 131st, but he was absent from the starting line of the 2nd stage this Tuesday. The Saxo Bank rider had injured his knee when he was hurt in a car accident during training last December 2009, and had to undergo a series of medical treatments while training in the winter. He failed to make an early start for the 2010 season when his knee started acting up again last January this year.
Schleck also had plans for racing in the Trofeo Mallorca and Ruta del Sol. Racing in the Trofeo Mallorca would have been his first race of the season, but he also had to miss it to undergo medical treatment. He then failed to join the Ruta del Sol and had to wait until March to finally join the Giro del Friuli for his season debut. After the event, Schleck appeared to be back in strong form as he managed to race in the Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico events.
The Saxo Bank rider then started but could not finish the 2010 Milan-San Remo last Saturday, since he had to fly back to Spain to get some early training done in preparation for the Ardennes Classics. After Catalunya, the only remaining events for Schleck will be the Vuelta a Pais Vasco, and probably the Amstel Gold Race, with which to get back on track and return to his winning form like he displayed at last year’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège.