Andy Schleck threatens to retire if Contador retires.

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Andy Schleck threatens to retire if Contador retires.

Schleck & Contador: A double retirement plan?

Andy Schleck announced today that if his friend Alberto Contador decides to retire because of a doping suspension he will also retire.

“We are good friends and I want to show him my full support,” said Schleck. “I believe he’s innocent and if he is forced to leave the sport, I will do the same.”

According to an undisclosed source, Schleck has had numerous phone conversations with Contador over the last month where they discussed a possible double retirement.

“Alberto is not prepared to reveal details. But Andy is a close friend, a true sportsman and he and Alberto have a special bond,” said Jacinto Vidarte, Contador’s press agent,

The news was a shock to Luxembourg Cycling Project manager Brian Nygaard. “Andy has told me nothing of this. It’s a rude surprise. It is a beautiful gesture but I’m sure his statement was taken out of context.”

While context may be an issue, Schleck seemed to make it clear his retirement threat was as serious as the Spaniard’s. “Why wouldn’t I retire? Where is the challenge if Alberto is gone? People forget that a great rivalry is what sport is all about. I don’t want to win the Tour if Contador isn’t there,” said Schleck.

The question becomes, what if Andy Schleck isn’t there, either. “Nobody should panic at this point,” said Kim Andersen, the Luxembourg Cycling Project director sportif. “You have to remember, we still have Frank. We will go to the Tour with high ambitions, no matter what happens.”

Speaking with Spanish television, Contador was gratified by the support of his good friend Schleck. “So many terrible things have happened, people had said said many hurtful things but when I have Andy’s support it means so much,” said Contador.

While there have apparently been discussion on a joint retirement, nothing is set as yet except for a boat trip to Cuba and some fishing at Andy’s cabin.

However, Spanish Cycling Federations president Juan Carlos Castano says Andy will have no need to retire. “We are taking an objective but extremely favorable look at the suspect findings against my personal friend and one of Spain’s great heroes, Alberto Contador,” said Castano. “If I were Andy, I wouldn’t worry.”

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  1. Ricola November 28, 2010 at 3:13 am - Reply

    The thin line between genius and insanity in cycling, is where Twisted Spoke can be found. Great post.

    • TwistedSpoke November 28, 2010 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Ricola, that's the best compliment I can think of to finish out the 2010 year. I appreciate all your comments and look forward to hearing from you again. Best, Matt

  2. dougeg November 28, 2010 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Go ahead, retire Andy pleeeease …and take Contidope and your doper buddies with you. (everybody sing) Bye bye, farewell, auf wietersehen

  3. Antonio delgado November 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    This is a joke right, Andy can't be this stupid is he sceaming I door too. TD

    • TwistedSpoke November 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Antonio, yes, I was joking and Andy is not retiring. We're just having some fun here at TS. Matt

  4. Ron December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    These are too cute. I guess if Cantador gets a hangnail Andy will have sympathy pains…..

  5. TwistedSpoke December 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Ron, I think they're taken this buddy thing too far. Andy knows that Alberto prefers women, right?

  6. Just Another Cyclist December 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Hmmm. It would appear to go both ways too. For example, I hear tale that Bert is going to leave Saxo (or was that Astana) for another team and take pretty much everyone that he rode with of any consequence on the team with him.

    Wow – once you get started reality just falls into place….

    • TwistedSpoke December 4, 2010 at 9:43 am - Reply

      You got that right, Ross. Reality is pretty adjustable. Matt

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