Finally: Andy Schleck Arrives With Stage 18 Tour de France Victory, Powers to Second Overall
The 2009/2010 runner up has officially arrived.
Oakley Star Cyclist Andy Schleck of Leopard Trek – edged out last year by defending Champ Alberto Contador for the Yellow Jersey – finally clinched a stage victory (18) after steadily stepping up over the course of the race. The 26-year-old phenom stepped up the attack in stunning fashion to triumph atop the Col du Galibier.
Reminiscent of past battles with his primary rival, Andy broke clear with a charge on the Col d’Izoard – leaving Contador flailing in the peloton.
Keeping his composure throughout, Andy held on to the lead and took it home for a hard-fought win ahead of his brother and fellow Oakley rider Frank.
Meanwhile O standout Cadel Evans rounded out the stage podium – finishing eight seconds back as he saved his challenging position for overall tour glory.
Overall, Oakley riders still hold three of the Top Five spots in the General Classification. Prepare yourselves for some ultra intense action coming up this weekend as the Tour rages to a dramatic close.
Andy Schleck Post-Stage Interview
1. VOECKLER Thomas TEAM EUROPCAR 79h 34’ 06"
2. SCHLECK Andy TEAM LEOPARD-TREK + 00’ 15" OAKLEY
3. SCHLECK Frank TEAM LEOPARD-TREK + 01’ 08" OAKLEY
4. EVANS Cadel BMC RACING TEAM + 01’ 12" OAKLEY
5. CUNEGO Damiano LAMPRE – ISD + 03’ 46"