Andy Schleck goes under the knife

Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)
Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)
Photo: Serge Waldbillig

Luxembourg cyclist Andy Schleck is to go under the knife after Monday's fall in the third stage of the Tour de France.

The 29-year-old damaged the meniscus and cruciate ligaments in his right knee and is expected to receive surgery on Wednesday in Basel, Switzerland.

The fall, which happened after a spectator stepped into the path of cyclists, initially appeared relatively harmless. But, the following day Andy announced his decision to abandon the race because of the severity of his injury.

After spending Tuesday undergoing tests in a hospital in Basel, the younger brother of Fränk Schleck learned the sad news that he will need an operation to repair his meniscus and cruciate ligaments damaged by the fall.

The news adds to a long list of problems faced by the younger sibling over the last two years. And it looks as though his 2014 season is already over.

Andy Schleck forced to quit Tour de France

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