Montag, 27. April 2009
About yesterday's victory...
Jean-Claude Juncker (Prime Minister and Financial Minister): A phenomenal performance
Jean Asselborn (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and immigration): Congratulations and I am pretty sure that it wasn't your last win.
Andy himself: I'm pretty proud on myself because this race is one of my favourites. Unfortunately there is also a negative side of it, next year I won't be able to show a better performance.
Johny Schleck: It is incredible what all happened during just one week. First Fränk's accident, then the wonderful second place of Andy at Fléche Wallone and now the victory. Liège - Bastogne - Liège has a very high standing in our whole family. For us it is the most important one day race during the whole season, you could call it our favourite. We like it so much because the race takes place near our home and so there are always a lot of fans from Luxembourg.
Kim Andersen: Amazing! Sensational! At the moment it is an absolutely crazy feeling I have. What Andy did today is something you can't put in words. I knew before that he is in a good shape but today was far better than every expectation.
Fränk: I just can take off my hat. Today Andy showed the world's elite their the maximum potential and he was even better. I always believed in him and I knew that he will take the victory. This moment is far more emotional and beautiful than standing on the podium after my own victory. And impossible to explain all the feelings and emotions I have right now. Right now I'm just enjoying the time here but truly realizing what happend? Maybe next week. At the moment I'm just very proud on Andy.
Christian Prudhomme: That was an extraordinary victory, a truly great win. Andy was simply the best today and he showed to rest what they can do and what he did. I'm sure that in the future we will have a lot of fun while watching Andy and seeing him win.
Maybe you have already seen the video on youtube but I thought that I post it anyway because I just love this two brothers and their relationship. Of course you can find some more videos/interviews of the Schlecks on rtl.lu (some links 1, 2, 3) Additionally I found a photo from yesterday's celebration. Andy's hair looks really different, more serious I would say. I prefer the other look.
Sonntag, 26. April 2009
And an interview (just audio) with Fränk after the race.
Just a few minutes ago Andy won Liège - Bastogne - Liège (or Léck-Baaschtnech-Léck how the Luxembourgians call it). I only watched the last 15 kilometers but I just loved what I saw. I have to admit that I not only loved to see Andy win but the whole thing that started about two kilometers before they reached the finish.
Everytime the camera showed Fränkie, he smiled like he would attend the smiling world championships and turned his thumb up. Additionally it was very touching to see how the fall into the others arms after the race.
Btw the German commentators told a cute story from last year when Fränkie finished third and Andy fourth at Liège - Bastogne - Liège. The two wanted to congratulate eachother for the great race but they were in different areas and a policeman wanted to stop Fränkie to change to areas to meet Andy and then they had great arguments. They almost started a fist fight until another policeman told that it is okay to change the areas...
I just love the brotherly love between the Schlecks!
But today's win wasn't the only great thing happened during this week for the the best cycling brothers on earth. Surely the beginning of the week was a bit suboptimal with Fränkies fall but after seeing him on the bicycle again, I'm pretty sure that it didn't affect him to much and that he had again enough blessing in disguise.
Instead of starting at the Flèche Wallone he took a short break and made a great race today. Catching every guy who just had the idea of attacking puppy Schleck's victory ;) And I think that I don't have to talk about how amazing the week were for Andy. Second at Flèche Wallone, First at Liège - Bastogne - Liège.
Life could go on like that...
Dienstag, 21. April 2009
To say the truth I didn't follow the season very much and I can't really explain why. Maybe it is because I have a lot of work at the moment because of some upcoming exams and when I had time there wasn't a lot new about my favourite brothers.
Anyway... On last sunday I had a bit of free time and I did some channel-hopping on TV and suddenly I saw Bjarne Riis standing next to a cyclist who had an accident when I switched on Eurosport. At first I didn't pay so much attention to it but then some seconds later I realized that the rider who was in a sorry state wears a jersey which reminded me a lot of the jersey the Luxembourgian champion wears.
As you can imagine I was kind of shocked and thought 'no, not again'... Sometimes it seems a bit like Fränkie is hunted by bad luck because I already fell so often within this and last season (just don't want to see the accident from Tour de Suisse again). But then again I have to think about how much luck he always has because the things could turn out a lot more worse.
Surely he has a lot of pain at the moment (he won't take part at Fléche Wallone) but he never get injured heavily. Seems like the lucky charm he got by his mother, helps!
I don't know if you follow puppy Schlecks diary on cyclingnews.com but I do so and when I read his last entry I asked myself how it looked like when these eight 'gangly' guys danced through the Sexy Bank Bus and performed parts of Step Up 2: The Streets.
Which moves out of this did they exactly tried to reproduce?!?!?!