Andy Schleck continues recovery in the 2012 Tour of Beijing
Two-time Tour de France runner up Andy Schleck will make the trip to China for the 2012 Tour of Beijing after a four month absence due to a pelvis fracture.
“The last week I have done a lot of training in Luxembourg, I’m ready and motivated for the Tour of Beijing,” Schleck explained.
“Don’t call this my come back. My real come back will be next year when I will be in good shape at the start of ‘my’ races but I look forward to making the start and finish at the Tour of Beijing.”
“The weather will be better than in Luxembourg in October and I need to finish the 2012 season on a positive note. Binche-Tournai-Binche was hard for me because of the rain, speed and wind, but I was very happy to be back in the peloton. It was a very nice feeling to pin on my race number in the morning, as well to see the people waiting and cheering for me,” said Schleck.
Team RadioShack-Nissan Sports Director José Azevedo starts with ambition and nice memories in Beijing and believes Team Radioshack-Nissan have a roster that can fight for stage and overall success.
“We were there last year and got a second place on a stage and were present on the podium almost every day with Ben King who won the Best Young Rider jersey. Ben will be in Beijing again, but our leader will be Daniele Bennati. He is able to win one or more stages,” Azevedo explained.
Italian rider Bennati obtained his sixth Vuelta a Espana career win this year and believes he is in great condition going into his final WorldTour race with Radioshack-Nissan Trek Team after the 31-year-old signed with Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank for the 2013 season.
“I’m finishing this season in good shape and after the Vuelta a Espana my condition remains great. I saw that in Piemonte last week. I’m not tired yet and more than motivated. I want to finish the season with an extra victory as a thank you to the team for the last two seasons,” Bennati said.
“Last year the overall winner was decided after two days because of the early individual time trial and uphill finish. Now the race looks well balanced and with Jan Bakelants, George Bennett and Haimar Zubeldia we have three riders to contest the General Classification category. The five-six K climbs are perfect for them, Azevedo explained.
The 2012 Tour of Beijing will be held from the 9th to the 13th of October as the last event on the UCI WorldTour calendar. Starting from the historic Tiananmen Square the five-day Tour will also feature some of China’s top tourist attractions including the Bird’s Nest Stadium and the Great Wall.
Watch video highlights from all stages of the 2012 Tour of Beijing in the videos section here on Roadcycling.com (U.S.-only due to geo broadcast rights restrictions).