8 Sep 2010

Schleck sent home from Vuelta

10:28 am on 8 September 2010

Two-time Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck has been sent home from the cycle Tour of Spain for breaking team rules.

Luxembourg rider Schleck and his Saxo Bank team-mate Stuart O'Grady were withdrawn by team manager Bjarne Riis before today's 10th stage.

The pair broke team rules by going out for a drink after dinner.

Home rider Imanol Erviti of Caisse d'Epargne won the 175.7km 10th stage from Tarragona to Vilanova i la Geltru while compatriot Joaquin Rodriguez took the overall race lead.

Schleck had been lying in 77th in the Vuelta, more than 37 minutes off the pace.

The younger Schleck, 25, held the yellow jersey during this year's Tour de France but, despite two stage wins, ultimately had to settle for second as Alberto Contador secured his third title in Paris.

Contador will replace Andy on the Danish Saxo Bank team when the Schleck siblings leave to join a new Luxembourg-based outfit in 2011.