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Fränk Schleck gets a new job

From May 1, the winner of the Amstel Gold Race will pedal for the Luxembourg Cycling Federation. At 41, he dons the jersey of national coordinator to promote his sport to the general public.

From May 1, the winner of the Amstel Gold Race will pedal for the Luxembourg Cycling Federation. At 41, he dons the jersey of national coordinator to promote his sport to the general public.

(pj with Joe GEIMER) “I want to pass on my experience as a professional cyclist to young people. I have a few ideas in mind, but I still have to let them mature. ” These words, Fränk Schleck could repeat them today when the Luxembourg Cycling Federation has just offered him a new job. In fact, he held them, in Bergamo, just on time to end his pro career on the Tour of Lombardy.



Once again this summer, the Ministries of Tourism and Mobility will set off in tandem to present new routes to discover Luxembourg by bike. A second edition with even more stages.


Except that since then, his passion for the Little Queen has remained intact with him. Just like his taste for uninhibited cycling, open to all. He testified by organizing, in 2017, the Schleck Gran Fondo, the champion will continue his mission this time in an official position, largely funded by the Ministry of Sports. And the president of the Federation, Camille Dahm, is not a little proud of his recruit: “Basically, Fränk must take care of the whole spectrum that cycling covers. There must be a contact person for all questions relating to cycling or cycling. ”

Sooner or later a top runner will emerge

Tourism, mobility, health, education: these are all fields to cover for the new “national coordinator” with those who would like to get in the saddle, and are still hesitating. A mission in line with that occupied by his brother, Steve. He oversees, at the Ministry of Tourism, the development of cycle paths in the country. Another way to democratize the use of the bicycle.

At 41, the champion intends to target young people as a priority. With a well-orchestrated battle plan: “Today’s adults are so deeply in the car that it is very difficult to get them out of it. With the children, it is not too late: if they live one kilometer from the school, they can take the bicycle instead of being brought by their parents by car. Later, when they use the bike to get to work or to shop, everyone will benefit ”.



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And the competition in all of this? The former winner of the Tour de Suisse is keeping it in mind, but above all does not make it the priority of his future work: “If more people practice cycling regularly, sooner or later a high level rider will emerge. Inevitably.”


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