Andy Schleck goes downhill. Badly.

Schleck losing three minutes.

While all the noise and dramatic quotes after stage three were about Levi Leipheimers lack of cojones on the wet descent of Independence Pass, it was Andy Schleck who was the big loser.

The Radio Shack caption lost about 45 seconds and the leader’s jersey in the US Pro Cycling Challenge. But the real story was Andy losing three minutes.

We shot this photo out the back window of the Gobernacion De Antioquia team car. He was tentative, unhappy and significantly slower than most of the riders bombing that descent.

Most cycling critics insist that if Schleck wants to win the Tour de France someday, he must work on his time trialing. Maybe, maybe not.

But would anyone disagree at this point that a week spent on downhill bike handling skills would be time well spent for the talented Luxembourger?

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  • Higgins

    Maybe it would just be a kindness to tell him in the next TDF;

    That guy you're riding against, hes not Hinault, and you, you're not Lemond.

    Until the boy hardens up and stops thinking that he's destined to win on talent alone, he will lose even if he descends faster than Abdoujaparov meeting the pavement in the last 50 meters.

  • Take him to Whistler, put him on a mountain bike for a few weeks and he'll be golden.

    • He needs some help and Whistler might be the answer. Matt