Andy Schleck forced to abandon climb on new eyewear commercial
Andy Schleck, the retired professional cyclist and winner of the 2010 Tour de France, was forced to abandon while filming a commercial for CTRL eyewear.
As a company spokesman in a CTRL promotional video, Schleck was pushing hard on a mountain climb but experienced extreme pain in his knee and pulled over to the side of the road. Moments later he stepped into a CTRL car which headed back down the mountain.
Schleck’s career was cut short by injuries and he has very little cartilage left in the knee he seriously injured in the 2014 Tour de France. While he attempted a comeback, the road back proved demoralizing as he had difficulty even finishing races.
In the CTRL video, the =Luxembourger stated: “My philosophy of life is that if I do something, I want to do it 100%.” However, he struggled on the long climb as the director and camera-man shouted encouragement that intimately proved fruitless.
It was a unfortunate “jour sans” for Schleck who had big plans to help launch the CTRL brand of eyewear. However, the climb, which featured an average grade of 7% but with ramps up to 12%, would prove too difficult for an athlete who was one of the best pure climbers of his era.