Contador and Schleck waiting for Pyrenees
Updated: July 11, 2011, 09:25
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THIEZAC, France (AP) Defending champion Alberto Contador and main rival Andy Schleck have yet to properly test each other in this year's Tour de France - they have been too busy avoiding serious injury in nine days of manic racing.
Although Contador has already crashed twice, the Spaniard was somewhat lucky to escape with just a bruised right knee, given that several other riders had to drop out with more serious injuries. They include Alexandre Vinokourov and Bradley Wiggins.
Schleck, the Tour runner-up to Contador in the past two years, says "we feel very fortunate that none of our team members was involved in a big crash.''
With Contador's sore knee still bothering him, Schleck will gauge the three-time champion's true fitness in the Pyrenees climbs starting Thursday.