Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck after his tremendous ride in the Tour De France was booted off his Bjarne Riis team along with his teammate Stuart O’Grady from the Vuelta a Espana after the pair violated team rules by drinking alcohol after dinner.

Schleck in a statement, stated,

“I acknowledge that I have broken a rule on the team by going out for a drink after dinner and for that reason Bjarne has decided to send myself and Stuart O’Grady home.

“I’m responsible for my actions and even though I think it is too harsh a decision, I respect that Bjarne is the boss and he needs to do what he thinks is the best.

“I was getting back into shape and I would really have liked to stay at the Vuelta and help Frank and the rest of Team Saxo Bank.”

Neither Andy Schleck nor O’Grady was at the start of the tenth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Tuesday in Tarragona.