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Schleck sent home from Vuelta

Luxembourg left with just one Schleck brother to cheer for.

Andy Schleck, center, rides with teammates during the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta between Villena and Xorret de Cati
Andy Schleck, center, rides with teammates during the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta between Villena and Xorret de Cati
Image: Alberto Saiz/AP/Press Association Images

ANDY SCHLECK HAS BEEN sent home from the Vuelta a Espana for breaking team rules and drinking alcohol while on tour.

The two-time Tour de France winner and his Saxo Bank teammate Stuart O’Grady were sent home by team manager Bjarne Rijs before the tenth stage begins on Thursday.

“I acknowledge that I have broken a rule of the team by going out for a drink after dinner,” Schleck told Cycling News. ”For that reason Bjarne has decided to send myself and Stuart home.”

Schleck added: “I’m responsible for my actions and even though I think it is too harsh a decision, I respect that Bjarne is the boss and he needs to do what he thinks is the best.”

The Luxembourg rider had been in seventy-seventh position in the Vuelta, and only decided to ride in the race to help his brother Frank- placed thirteenth.

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