Cycling - Schleck withdraws from Haut Var-Matin

Andy Schleck will not race in this weekend's Tour du Haut Var-Matin.

The Luxembourg rider feels healthy again after an infection of the respiratory tract, which forced him to abandon last week’s Tour Méditerranéen, but his Radioshack-Leopard Trek team have decided to not take any risks.

“We were happy to see Andy doing well in training the last few days,” explained team manager Luca Guercilena.

“There is however a big difference between training and race situations. We want to prevent a relapse because of the race. Andy’s main goals are situated later in the season. It’s better that we are cautious now instead of taking steps backward.”

Schleck, who was retrospectively awarded the 2010 Tour de France, is expected to resume competition in the Grand Premio Città di Camaiore on February 28.