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Cycling Frank Schleck targets Vuelta a Espana

Trek Factory Racing veteran Frank Schleck will race at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana after missing the Tour de France with a knee injury.

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Frank Schleck is targeting the Vuelta a Espana and hopes he can match Chris Horner's achievement from 2013 and bounce back from injury to win in Spain.

Horner won the 2013 Vuelta after coming back from a knee injury via the Tour of Utah, and Schleck is also using the United States-based race to kick-start his recovery as he looks towards Spain's Grand Tour.

Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) was forced to miss the Tour de France after injuring his knee in Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April.

At 35, Schleck knows his chances of winning a Grand Tour are running out but he made a cheeky prediction when asked about his Vuelta preparation.

Horner, who is Schleck's team-mate at Trek Factory and will also race this year's Tour of Utah, was 41 when he won the Vuelta two years ago.

"Chris won the Vuelta this way two years ago, so I just wanted to stick with that," Schleck is quoted by Cyclingnews.

The Tour of Utah starts on Monday and runs until Sunday.

Schleck finished 12th overall at last year's Tour de France, where he has previously finished in the top five three times, including third behind Cadel Evans and brother Andy in 2011.

The Luxembourgian has only raced the Vuelta twice, withdrawing in 2009 and claiming fourth a year later.

With Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) already confirmed for the Vuelta, plus both Tour champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) considering their involvement, Schleck is set to face stiff competition in Spain.

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