After watching this video of Frank and Andy at the 2011 Tour de France, Stage 7 - Frank and Andy Schleck (by OzCycling), and watching the brothers work repeatedly together in stage after stage of the Tour de France this year, I pause to reflect on brotherhood. There is a bond between those two, that we all witness, that becomes palpable when they are together. As a fan it is of course very nice to see, but having them together also adds a level of suspense or emotion to the race. When one falls how does the other react? When one bonks, when the other excels. It is as if we are given immediate feedback into the emotions of a cyclist simply by looking at the brother.
|Frank is older and a couple pounds lighter|
|Frank and Andy fishing, Photo by Mike King|
Ages: Frank - age 31, born 5 April 1980. Andy age 26, born June 10, 1985
Ht,Wt: Frank - 6'1", 143lbs, Andy - 6'1", 149lbs
Pro Team: both brothers ride for Team Leopard Trek (both are at the 2011 Tour de France)
Websites: http://frankschleckofficial.com/, http://andyschleckofficial.com/
Jens Voigt interviews Fränk and Andy on being brothers on Bicycling.com
Video: a little Frank and Andy attitude, this old one of their brotherly love
Brothers on podium a Tour first
|Martin is the taller brother|
|Peter Velitz, Photo by PedalDancer.com|
Ages: Peter - twins, both are age 26, born February 21, 1985.
Ht,Wt: Peter - 5'10", 152lbs, Martin - 6'1", 154lbs
Pro Team: both brothers ride for HTC Highroad (only Peter is at the 2011 Tour de France)
Juan José and Lucas Sebastián Haedo
|Lucas and JJ Haedo, Photo by Jean Pickard Art on mashpedia|
|Lucas Sebastian Haedo, Photo by PedalDancer.com|
Ages: Juan José - age 30 born January 26, 1981. Lucas Sebastián - age 28, born April 18, 1983.
Ht,Wt: Juan José - 5'8", 159lbs, Lucas Sebastián - 5'8", 140lbs
Country: Chascomús, Argentina
Pro Team: both brothers ride for Saxo Bank-Sunguard (neither are at the 2011 Tour de France)
Allan and Scott Davis
|Scott and Allan Davis, Photo by Shane Goss|
Ages: Allan age 30, born 27 July 27, 1980. Scott age 32, born April 22, 1979.
Ht,Wt: Allan - 5' 8", 160lbs, Scott - 5'7", 130lbs
Country: Ipswich, Queensland
Team: Scott Davis retired from Team Astana in October 2010, Allan remains on Team Astana (not at the 2011 Tour de France)
Ages: twins both brothers are age 33, born September 22, 1978.
Ht,Wt: Andy - 6'0", 170lbs, Ben - 6'1", 165lbs
Country: California, USA
Team: Bissell Pro Cycling (US Continental team)
Anyone up for a ride with their brother? ... I forgot the Meyer brothers!!