Frank Schleck sacked by RadioShack-Leopard with immediate effect
Last Updated: 04/07/13 7:47pm
Frank Schleck could return to the team when its new owners take over in 2014
Frank Schleck has been sacked by RadioShack-Leopard with immediate effect.
The Luxembourg rider had been due to return from a doping suspension on July 14, but team owners Leopard have decided to terminate his contract.
However, with Leopard finishing their association with the team at the end of this season, Schleck could rejoin the set-up under its new owners and title sponsor, Trek, for the 2014 campaign.
A team statement read: "With the end of Frank Schleck's suspension approaching, Leopard and its partners have assessed the situation in view of a possible renewal of the collaboration with him.
"Having finalised this assessment in a broad and objective way, Leopard has decided to not renew the collaboration between Frank Schleck and the RadioShack Leopard Trek cycling team. Leopard wishes Frank Schleck a successful continuation of his career."
Schleck tested positive for Xipamide at the 2012 Tour de France and was banned for 12 months.
Leopard have sold their UCI WorldTour licence to the Trek Bicycle Company for 2014.
They have already announced Fabian Cancellara will be part of the team after agreeing terms on a reported three-year deal earlier this week.