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Cycling New Star Andy Schleck

  • Author:Rita
  • Release on:2016-05-20

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Schleck was one of the first to congratulate Jungels when he moved into the race lead on stahe 10 and watched in awe as the young rider put more time into several of his key rivals on stage 11.

According to Schleck, his former teammate is riding without pressure, having already exceeded all expectations with his ride thus far.

"He has no pressure," the retired Schleck toldCyclingnews during a cruise through Europe with his family.

"If he's dropped on Friday during stage 13 that's fine because he's already done more that what was expected of him and with all these factors in play I think that he can win the Giro."

"In his case he doesn't have the pressure. He's young, he has a contract and he's got a team that believes in him. When he goes to bed at night he just thinks 'I need to hang on, and to try to ride well'. It's a different situation for the other riders who fall asleep thinking 'I need to get all these seconds back in order to justify my salary.' That's a huge plus."

Schleck and Jungels both rode on the same team in 2013 and 2014, when they wore RadioShack Leopard and then Trek Factory Racing colours, and the elder of the two drew comparisons between Jungels' 2016 ride and his own experience of riding the Giro in 2007. That year Schleck finished second overall behind Danilo Di Luca, and claimed the white jersey. It was Schleck's debut in a Grand Tour.

"It's a bit like my ride in the Giro back in 2007. I had no pressure after stage 8 or 9 so everything that happened after that was just a bonus. That's one of the reasons I was riding so well."

Andy Schleck, believes that his fellow countryman and former teammate, Bob Jungels can win the Giro d'Italia. The Etixx QuickStep rider leads the race after 12 stages but with several mountain stages ahead the next few days will fully test the young maglia rosa's GC credentials.