Cycling - Frank Schleck's firing leaves brother Andy fuming

Andy Schleck has blasted his own RadioShack-Leopard for firing his brother Frank just before a diuretics ban was set to end.

Cycling - Frank Schleck's firing leaves brother Andy fuming

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2012 RadioShack Nissan Trek Andy Schleck

Leopard, the management company of RadioShack, announced on Thursday that Frank would not ride for them again this season – days before his year-long ban was up.

Andy, the youngest of the two, did not hold back in a subsequent interview.

“I can’t really understand the decision. I’m sad and disappointed but I don’t know what to say. Maybe they will use it against me and fire me as well,” Schleck said.

Andy said he believed the decision was not related to Frank’s suspension.

“It wasn’t even anything to do with doping, even the UCI agreed on that,” he said. “But there are other things behind this decision. I don’t think it is anything to do with the suspension.

“To kick him out of the team after 11 months of giving him their support, I just don’t understand it.”

Team manager Luca Guercilena said in Montpellier prior to the stage seven trek to Albi: “He is and always will be his brother, but we have had to apply internal rules.”

The banned Luxembourger ends his suspension on July 14, though his RadioShack contract ran until the end of the current season.

Andy, the 2010 Tour de France winner, has been struggling for form since sustaining a hip injury just over a year ago, but has been looking slightly better recently.

He faces a stern test of his credentials on Saturday when the Tour hits the mountains with the first Pyrenees stage to Ax-3-Domaines.

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