Today Andy Schleck gave the news on a press conference that he will be retiring from professional cycling and somehow it’s a sad day seeing one of the biggest talents in years depart from the pro peloton. Here’s something for him.
Andy we are sorry seeing you go.
Still I want to remember the great Andy. The Andy that seemed poised to reach the highest ranks in the history cycling. In a sense relating to you it’s easy for me, and I guess for many, because even if you didn’t lack the talent to have become one of the greatest cyclist in the history of the sport, yet somehow, you seemed so much more mortal than any other of your rivals. As you stood on the second box of the Tour de France 3 times (while competing, and later on 2012 he was awarded the win of the tour de france 2010 version)you reminded us how difficult this sport we all love is.
Still you managed to perform the heroic and this is why I’m thankful. Your win in the tour 2011 over Col du Galibier was by far the most beautiful move I’ve seen in cycling over the 20 years that I’ve been watching the sport. It was a bold, it was a daring attack 60 kms away from the finish line, with all the favorites around you, and it was no short of epic.
How couldn’t we, any cycling fan, stay unrelated to that. We live our lives hoping for the extraordinary, and sometime much like in cycling, wait until the final moment to do something great. Andy instead you did it, far from behind, putting everything on the line, just giving it a shot to become finally the winner of the Tour, and even if you came short on that goal you gave a us a picture that will last for a long time in our memories. Much longer than the title of winner.
Andy, you where just like Icarus, you just got to close to the sun, I don’t want to get into the final years of your career, but instead, look back at that stage, and watch you get out of the saddle and get away from the group, with your characteristic climbing elegance without any hesitation.
As for us, the other mortals we can learn about that, we have to try to do the heroic. We also have to learn from your mistakes, because we are prone to make them too, like looking back, watching for who knows what, instead of looking ahead and giving our all to distance ourselves from the rest.
Once again Andy thank you.