Paris : Andy Schleck will never think of himself as the 2010 Tour de France winner even if Alberto Contador is stripped of his title for doping, this year`s Tour runner-up said.
"If Contador is stripped of his victory in the Tour, I will not feel like I am the winner," Luxembourgian Schleck was quoted as saying in French newspaper L`Equipe on Thursday.
"You win the Tour de France when you cross the finish line on the Champs-Elysees with the yellow jersey. There is no other way," he added.
Schleck finished the 2010 Tour de France in second place, 39 seconds behind Contador.
The 27-year-old Spaniard, a three-times Tour champion, tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol during the race. He has said traces of the substance were found in his system after he ate contaminated meat.
The Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) is expected to make a decision within three months and Contador has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union.
He faces a possible two-year ban and could lose his 2010 Tour title.