Olympic Games Rio 2016

Athlete's portrait: cyclist Frank Schleck

05-fschleckThe athlete

Frank Schleck is born on 15 April 1980 in Mondorf. He stems from a family of professional cyclists, his father and his great grand-father having been active cyclists. So he and his brother Andy Schleck took over the family tradition and started their career under the tutelage of their father Johny Schleck, who participated in the Tour de France 7 times.

In 2006, Frank Schleck manages to win not only the prestigious Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands, but also a key stage of the Tour de France, that of Gap to Alpe d'Huez. He finishes the Tour de France in 10th position. In 2007, he won the Tour de Suisse, the Giro dell'Emilia and in 2009 the Tour de Luxembourg. In 2011 he was third in the final standings of the Tour de France, just behind his brother Andy, his best ranking to date. In the following years, he manages to regularly rank in the top 10 in the major European tours, even winning the Tour de Suisse in 2010. In 2010 and 2011, he is the national road champion twice.

The Rio Olympics mark his third participation in this event. He takes the start on 6 August at the road race.

The event

Road cycling is a sport that has been part of the Olympics since the Athens Games in 1896, on a par with athletics, riding, fencing, gymnastics and swimming. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, the road race takes place at Fort Copacabana and Pontal on 6 and 7 August. The route passes among others the beaches of Ipanema, Barra and Reserva Maripendi. The total distance of the race is 241.6km. 

  • Updated 08-08-2016