October 10, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck announced his retirement from cycling on Thursday, three months after the Luxembourger crashed out of cycling's premier event with a complicated knee injury.

At 29, the one-time prodigy is ending his career at an age when many multi-stage racers are still in their prime. He was handed the 2010 Tour victory after Alberto Contador was disqualified for doping.

It turned one of his runner-up finishes in the Tour into a belated highlight but he never showed much joy in being awarded the victory almost two years later. He also had one major one-day triumph - Belgium's Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2009.

Schleck said ''I will end my career at the end of the year.''

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