Racing for the first time without his brother Andy, who retired after the 2014 season, Fränk Schleck is ready to build upon 2014, where even he was amazed how difficult it was to return to the peloton after an 18-month hiatus from competition. It was a season to gain back his racing legs and confidence, and he achieved both, although he admitted he thought it would come faster and easier.
The pinnacle of his season was a solid 12th place at the Tour de France, where he missed his goal of top 10 due to losing an astounding eight minutes on the controversial cobblestones added to stage five - the bane for any GC contender.
Fränk’s impressive palmarès include winning Amstel Gold Race and the coveted Alpe d’ Huez stage at the Tour de France in 2006. His stage race victories include the Tour of Luxembourg (2009) and the Tour de Suisse (2010). Fränk is also five- time National Champion, winning the Road Championship again in 2014, and has countless podiums in other major races, the biggest a third overall in the 2011 Tour de France.
Fränk welcomes the pressure that comes with being one of the veteran leaders and is not afraid to take control and direct the team; but he is also the first to heap praise on his teammates for their hard, selfless work. During his suspension he never stopped fighting; it was a character-building period, where he vowed to never give up. Instead he turned his anger into a positive force and returned to the pro peloton as motivated as ever. He believes in himself, his passion is strong, and cycling is still fun for Fränk - the only ingredients he requires for a successful 2015.