Sch­leck asks fans not to boo Con­ta­dor

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

PAU, France — Andy Sch­leck has made up with Al­berto Con­ta­dor and now he wants the crowds at the Tour de France to do the same.

Con­ta­dor has been sub­jected to boos and whis­tles from fans the past two days when he has re­ceived the yel­low jersey as Tour leader. Many be­lieve he broke cy­cling’s un­writ­ten code by fail­ing to wait for Sch­leck when the Lux­em­bourg rider lost his chain at a key moment dur­ing a climb Mon­day.

Con­ta­dor says he didn’t see the in­ci­dent as he at­tacked dur­ing the as­cent, and that by the time he re­al­ized Sch­leck had me­chan­i­cal is­sues it was too late to slow down.

Sch­leck was very an­gry af­ter the stage, but says the two set­tled their dif­fer­ences af­ter Con­ta­dor is­sued an apol­ogy in a YouTube video.

Sch­leck asked the pub­lic to end the shouts of de­ri­sion.

“Ev­ery­body, stop that. For me too, please,” he said, look­ing straight into the cam­era.

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