Former Tour de France champion Andy Schleck has been forced to retire at the age of 29 after failing to recover from a knee injury.
The Luxembourg-born cyclist suffered the injury in a crash in London on the third stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
And although the ligament damage in his knee healed problems with damaged cartilage has forced Schleck to hang up his bike.
Schleck was awarded the 2010 Tour de France title retroactively in February 2012 after it was announced initial winner Spain’s Alberto Contador had failed a dope test.
Schleck – the younger brother of pro tour rider Franck – also won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège classic in 2009 whilst he has been the runner-up at the Tour de France twice; in 2009 and 2011.