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Andy and Frank Schleck to quit Saxo Bank cycling team

Andy and Frank Schleck
Andy (left) and Frank Schleck had mixed fortunes in this years Tour

Andy and Frank Schleck are to leave the Saxo Bank team with a view to joining a new Luxembourg-based outfit in 2011.

"It's official, we will not be riding with [Saxo Bank owner] Bjarne [Riis] in 2011," 2010 Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck told cyclingnews.com.

"It's been a fantastic five years for me, I learnt a lot in that time. I'll stay friends with Bjarne but this is the end of the road for us as a team."

Saxo Bank are set to leave the sport at the end of 2010.

The brothers are reportedly set to link up with ex-Riis employee Brian Nygaard in a new outfit based in their native Luxembourg.

Nygaard recently left Team Sky amid speculation that he was planning to become a team manager with the Schlecks on board.

Andy Schleck, 25, won his third consecutive white jersey as best young rider thanks to his second-place finish behind Alberto Contador.

His older brother Frank's Tour ended early when he suffered a broken collarbone in a fall during stage three.

The 30-year-old spent eight years with Riis, who admitted before the Tour that the brothers would be keen to switch.

"I cannot imagine a new Luxembourg team without Frank and Andy Schleck in it," Riis said.

Contador will also be riding for a new team next season after announcing he was leaving Astana after turning down a new deal.



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