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Andy Schleck will not be a Tour de France favourite

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Andy Schleck understands why he is not one of the favourites going into the 2014 Tour de France.

Schleck hasn't been in the greatest of form so far this year and it isn't a surprise the Trek Factory Racing rider isn't regarded as someone who is likely to win the Tour.

Riders such as Chris Froome and Alberto Contador have ridden well this year and Schleck would have to race out of his skin if he was to beat them overall.

The 28-year-old admits if he was a favourite he would be worried.

According to Cycling News, Schleck said: "I agree with that. I don't have any problem with that.

“I was 20th last year and I wasn’t up there in the spring classics. That’s all logical. If it was the opposite, I’d be worried! If I’d read or heard somewhere that I was still a favourite for the Tour, I’d have picked up the phone and asked them if they were mad…”

Schleck finished 20th in the Tour de France last year and failed to pose a threat to any of the main contenders but it was the first time he had ridden the Tour since 2011 after being injured.

The Luxembourgish rider should not be written off though as he has enjoyed great success in the Tour de France. Schleck came second in 2009, 2010 and 2011 but was awarded the 2010 yellow jersey after Contador's title was stripped from him following a drugs scandal.

Schleck hopes he can become the rider he once was and never forgets his experiences of the Tour de France.

“When I came over the Izoard, I said to myself: ‘That’s where you attacked on the Galibier stage [in 2011].’ At the bottom of the Tourmalet, I said to myself: ‘Up there in 2010, I won the stage ahead of Contador. When we came by Port de Balès, I said to myself: ‘That’s where you attacked and then slipped your chain.’

“I thought of all of that again, obviously. It’s true that at those moments, I felt very strong. Of course I want to be so again. I want become the same as I was before.”

Schleck is currently riding in the Tour of Luxembourg and will then take part in the Tour de Suisse and his National Championships, all before the Tour de France starts in July.

The main goal in the Tour for Schleck is to help his brother Frank win the general classification.

“I want to help Fränk to try and win the overall, that’s my ambition,” he said. “That what I want to do above all. After that, we’ll see…”

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