Tour of California - Team CSC Press Conference
Bjarne Riis and the team discuss their strengths, and goals at the tour of
California. Interviews with Fabian Cancellara and Christian Vandeveld. CSC team
profile for the race ahead.
By Alicia Hopkins
The objectives for team CSC were discussed by Bjarne Riis (Director Sportif),
Bjarne described the strengths of the team and the desire to win each race in
which CSC participates. “We want to win every race we compete in, but we know
that it is not always possible.” “To beat us, you will have to be strong.”
Team CSC at their pre race press conference. Photo c. Alicia
Concerning the specific goals for the Tour of California, Riis stated, “It
will be difficult to beat Discovery, they are very, very motivated for this
race. This is an important race for us, and we will do our best, as we always
When the team was asked about the loss of Basso, Riis and members of the team
stated that the dynamics in the team had only shifted in small areas. Ivan Basso
as team leader created a focus within the team from tactics to the race roster
to guarantee victory for him. Without Basso, the team can employ various
tactical approaches, that they were not free to do before
Additionally, the entourage of fans and the media that followed Basso no
longer provide the team with an external pressure. “The team is not weak without
him, we proved that last year.” Riis also discussed the training camps held for
the team this year (South Africa and California), and the challenges that were
imposed in order to strengthen the sense of teamwork among the riders. “It was
very difficult to challenge them, as they work so well together.” Riis
Representatives from CSC also displayed the new rider tracking technology
that will be employed during the race. During the Tour of California several
riders from the peloton will be equipped with tracking devices that will stream
their position on the race course so that fans may follow it through Google
When asked if this technology would be useful to the Directors in the team
car, Riis stated, “Yes, this type of information could be very useful.” Jen
Voight commented, “Obviously, you cannot stop it.” [the use of technology] Bobby
Julich stated that, “It is really beneficial for the fans of the sport as well.
This will give people more knowledge to admire what we do, support what we do,
and be interested in what we do.”
Zabriskie, Cancellara and Vinokourov... 1& 2 for CSC at the 2006 Worlds Time
Trial. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti
Chatting with Fabian Cancellara and Christian
After the press conference I had the opportunity to chat with CSC’s
Fabian Cancellara and Christian Vandevelde.
Alicia: What are your expectations as far
as the World’s (2007)?
Fabian: For the world’s what I have in my pocket. I
have, and for other races that I have to do during season. There are so many
races until the World’s and the season is so long, if I focus only on the same
races, my motivation tends to go down. I have a lot of races that I would like
to win, when I go to the start line, and I want to go to win, and I want to do
my best, sure it is not the same as the start last year. I am starting a new
season and a new life on my bike, and my private life is changing. With a new
daughter, it has given me a new focus.
Alicia: How old is she?
Fabian: 31/2 months. I feel like there are many
things that I miss since I am gone for so long. But I have a very good wife at
home. And did she keep you up at night? Oh
no, she sleeps through the night. She sleeps around 9 to 10 hours a day. (I
reminded him that he is lucky!)
Alicia: So you are going for Paris Roubaix?
Alicia: And what other races?
Fabian: Flanderen and Milan-San Remo.
Alicia: Who is your favorite for San Remo?
Other than you!
Fabian: Oh.. . It is the same as last year, there is
no big change, there are always the same people you look for in the Classics
races to win.
Alicia: Thank you Fabian, and much
success for the season!
CSC's David Zabrikie on the ITT podium in the stars and stripes as the USA
Champion flanked by Jason McCartney, and Chris Baldwin. Photo c.
Alicia: So what are your plans this season?
Christian: Similar to last year. I will participate
in some of the Spring Classics, and hopefully the Tour de France.
Alicia: So which Classics races are you
going to race?
Christian: I will do Paris-Roubaix.
Alicia: And you have raced that before?
Christian: Yes, three times.
Alicia: Do you look forward to that race?
Christian: No, not at all! (both laugh) It is a very
difficult race. I will try to make it until the technical sections! After that I
will do Amstel and Fleche.
Alicia: Are you going to help Frank for
Christian: Yeah. We will also have Karsten too who
was on the podium at LBL last year. I will support all the guys on the team in
the races that I do.
Alicia: Do you see your role as more
Christian: Yeah, but in some of the races, I have a
chance, like the stage I came close to winning in the Tour de France.
Alicia: That disappointed me by the way,
I wanted you to win that stage! Hopefully I will get another opportunity. Do you
anticipate riding on the Tour De France squad?
Christian: I hope so.
Alicia: What do you think about Basso not
being part of the team?
Christian: It really hasn’t changed things that
much. We do not have all the tifosi coming around.
Alicia: I would think that it would be
Christian: Oh it is, it is, we can go out and train,
train hard without all the attention.
Alicia: Good luck this season.
Special thanks to Fabian and Christian, they were gracious with their time
Tour of California - Team CSC Profile
The 2007 edition of the Tour of California will see the return of Bobby
Julich, Fabian Cancellara, Christian Vandevelde and David Zabriskie. For the
opening prologue and individual time trial, team CSC will look to the 2006 Time
Trial World Champion Gold and Silver Medalists Fabian Cancellara and David
Zabriskie for outstanding performances.
The roster for the 2007 Tour of California includes the following: Fabian
Cancellara, Juan Jose Haedo, Bobby Julich, Karsten Kroon, Stuart O’Grady,
Christian Vandevelde, Jens Voight, and David Zabriskie. All and all a strong
package to challenge the race and defend their team victory in the teams
classification of last year.
Fabian Cancellara became a professional in 2001, and during his professional
career he has won 5 Prologue stages, 5 Individual Time Trials, and
Paris-Roubaix, and is of course the 2007 time trial champion of the world.
CSC's Fast Finishers Juan Jose Haedo and Stuart
Juan Jose Haedo is a new edition to the CSC team, and became a
professional in 2003. To his credit, Haedo won two stages during the 2006
edition of the Tour of California, as well as a stage in the 2006 Tour de
Stuart O’Grady became a professional in 1995, and was known for years as an
individual pursuit champion. O’Grady has won many stages with his sprinting
ability; most notably in his career, O’Grady, in 1999, 2001, and 2005 was second
overall in the Points classification at the Tour de France. Additionally in
2006, O’Grady was second overall in Züri-Metzgete, third overall in Paris-Tours,
and third in Stage three at the Vuelta a España.
Bobby Julich’s extensive professional career began in 1992, in 1998 he
was third in the Tour de France, and first at Criterium International. Since
1998, Julich’s career was marked with health problems, and teams that failed to
use his abundant talents. However, in 2004, his career began a renaissance with
a bronze medal in the individual time trial at the Olympics, and a third overall
at Paris-Nice. In 2005, Julich went on to finish win the Criterium International
and Paris-Nice; 2006 continued Julich’s winning trend with a third place finish
at the Tour of California and the opening Prologue of Paris-Nice. Julich is a
popular and complete rider and an asset to the team in almost every area of the
Karsten Kroon began his professional
career in 1999, and most notably was first in Stage 8 of the 2002 Tour de
France, and third place in La Flèche Wallone.
Christian Vandevelde’s career began in
1998, and in 1999 he was the best young rider in Quatre Jours de Dunkerque.
Additionally Vandevelde in 2005, was first in the Mountains classification in
the Benelux Tour, and in 2006, was first overall in the Tour de Luxembourg.
David "Z - man" Zabriskie
Last, but certainly, not least, is CSC’s David Zabriskie who began
his career in 2001. In 2003, Zabriskie was best young rider in Quatre Jours de
Dunkerque, and in 2004, Zabriskie won Stage 11 at the Vuelta a España. In 2005,
Zabriskie won Stage 1 at the Tour de France and donned the coveted yellow
Additionally, that year Z started the year by leading CSC in tour of
California finishing second in the first tour. But this only foreshadowed the
good year to come as Zabriskie was first in Stage 8 and third in Stage 18 at the
Giro d’Italia; 2006 would yield three first place finishes for Zabriskie which
include the following: Prologue and Stage 3 at Critèrium du Dauphinè Libèrè, and
the American Individual Time Trial Championship. Most notably for 2006, was
Zabriskie’s picked up Silver with his second place overall at the World
Individual Time Trial Championship.
Team CSC - Founded in 2001
Bike - Cervelo
Group - Shimano
Tires - Vittoria
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