Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck is trying to get his older brother Frank on the podium again.
On the fearsome Mont Ventoux climb in the 2009 Tour de France, Andy attempted to dislodge Lance Armstrong and Bradley Wiggins so Frank could earn third place overall.
Then this weekend, Andy Schleck was named Luxembourger of the year in a vote conducted by broadcaster RTL. Frank finished fourth but Andy wasn’t satisfied with the result and attempted to move his brother up the standings.
“They gave second place to Thierry van Werveke. I hate to say this but he died this year,” said Andy. “How can you be the best when you’re buried in the ground?”
Then the younger Schleck questioned the selection of the third place winner, Luxembourg Premier Jean-Claude Juncker, saying “he’s a politician, he can’t possibly be more popular than Frank. I think they should recount.”
RTL refused to change the overall standings and rebuffed the arguments of Schleck. Undaunted, Andy insisted he was sharing the award with his brother Frank. “I’ll be Luxem and he’s going to be Bourger,” said Schleck. “They can say what they want — a dead guy and a politician — Frank deserves to be on the podium with me.”
Fort his part, brother Frank also has big plans for Andy. Having just married his girlfriend Martine Schmid, Frank will be pushing his brother forward. Not to the podium, but the altar. “I was the first,” said Frank Schleck. “Andy will the the second.”