The gloves are off and two Luxembourgers brothers are about to kill each other.
At the finish of the Tour de France’s epic stage up the legendary Alp d’Huez, the brothers Schleck are living a double dream, first and second in the general classification.
While Andy Schleck has the maillot jaune, his brother Frank is just 53 seconds behind. Less than a minute to fulfilling his own dream of winning the Tour de France.
Until now, the two brothers have worked together but all bets are now off. Frank pulled no punches outside his hotel at the conclusion of the agonizing Alp d’Huez stage.
“I am going to kick my brothers’ ass in the time trial and win this goddamn French race for myself.” said Frank. As media people crowded around, the older Schleck made his priorities clear.
“I am five years older than Andy. This is my time and I’ve only got one shot, said Frank Schleck. “I have to take this Tour now and I can’t let my little brother get in the way.”
That may or may not have been a bad translation — Frank was exhausted and his post stage hot coco was in fact lukewarm.
Still, it appears that blood is not thicker than the Tour de France.