This season saw Fränk Schleck, brother of Andy Schleck, announce his retirement from professional cycling, thus calling time on an impressive 16-year career.

His final race was at the Il Lombardia and ever since then, he has been adjusting to a new life away from the sport in retirement.

Speaking to Radsport News, the Tour de France podium finisher told the news outfit that he is yet to fully come to terms with the decision he has taken, as he still very much trains like a pro.

He also says he has this feeling of not been able to realize the enormity of his decision. He however believes that reality would set in when the training camps of teams open and the races begin.

The 30-year old also spoke to the news outfit of a few of his future plans, one of which includes remaining within the cycling sport.

He equally hopes that in more than a few ways, he can give his passion for cycling and wealth of experience in the sport back to others. He is of the notion that everyone should love cycling more both for health and environmental reasons.

Schleck also made it known of his plans to organize a UCI World Series Gran Fondo in Luxembourg.

“On May 20, I’ll organize a UCI World Series Gran Fondo in Luxembourg. I am looking forward to that. The race is part of a series of 19 competitions series with the world championships in the end. This is a big thing.”

Schleck during his time as a professional cyclist won five national road race championships as well as a blue riband mountain stage at the Tour de France in 2006. He also won the Amstel Gold Race Classic, 2006 edition.