We decided to to lay out how the Lanky Lux can win the 2012 Tour de France in response to this tweet @ us earlier today:
@hbstache He @andy_schleck is going to win the TdF this year. Even a good chance he'll win it twice... #againstallods
#1 There will need to be a massive crash crash like the one in 2003 that took out or hurt most of the GC contenders. Andy will need to have Cadel, Conta, Basso, Wiggo and maybe even Levi hit the deck. Team Nissan RadioSchack is researching what type of spectacles could cause this level of crash:
*Truth be told, Andy will need to have Frank home as well; all that Schlooking around costs time and effort.
#2 Andy has to be okay with swapping bikes at the top of climbs (kind of a reverse Contador). He might loose a bit of time putting on the armor & full face helmet but he at least he will have a fighting chance of making it down the descent in one piece.
#3 Andy will need Johan’s proposed UCI TT rule change to be approved. The new rule would allow a teammate to ride Grand Tour TT’s for their leader. "Hey Fabian take it a bit easy on your TT, save some for Andy’s." When this idea was shared with Fabian, he responed in Fabanese “I am bit worried about Tony Martin, but he is busy with Chavenel’s pillow so it ok. I ride hard for Andy!”
#4 A huge doping scandal could help his chances as well; something that will take out around a third of the field. Think of what it would look like if 1998 met Op Puerto. If Dr. Fuentez drove the Festina-mobile to the Saxo, BMC, & Sky team hotels with his cooler in the passenger seat. Andy is a lock for the top step (unless Frank bought "training plans" from Fuentez again)!
There is a chance Andy might end up as the winner of the 2010 TDF if Conta gets suspended. But, Andy will always be SCHLECKnd to us!
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