Fan Report: Team CSC Fan Intermezzo
Bjarne Riis and Team CSC does a meet and
greet with their fans during the Tour...
by Lyne Lamoureux
Team CSC fans congregated in the team parking lot at the
assigned time of 8:30am, and waited for the CSC camper to show up. Discussions
around favorite riders and the meaning of the team for each fan was held while
we waited. Andy Tao, from Long Beach, California had prepared a photo collage of Jens
Voigt's wins last year in honor of him being such a great guy and one of the
fans' favorite riders in the peloton, and was looking forwards to giving it to
Andy Tao and his photo collage with Jens
A misunderstanding around the meeting place was simply resolved
by John Axel Hansen of Riis Cycling fetching the fans and directing us to the
team camper. John has been with the team since the day Bjarne Riis took over,
and they used to ride together as youngsters. John proceeded to provide a
review of the current status of the team and the riders at the 2nd Amgen Tour of
Team CSC is happy to be in the United States as they had always
liked to race here. This Tour of California is very early in the calendar but
the CSC team has been out in California training for the past 14 days. They had
a very nice time at training camp, with Gilroy providing a fantastic area to
train, and beautiful to boot.
John then went over the status of the previous
stage and stated: "As you all saw what happened yesterday, we had a bad day.
Dave Zabriskie is out of the race, as he had a crash where he hit his head, and
was dizzy. He tried to ride again, but he was too dizzy to continue, had to
stop. It was a very bad day. Dave Z is very sad to leave the race this way."
then learned that Karsten Kroon also crashed, and went to the hospital on Monday
night. He hit a post and thought he had broken a rib, but after an x-ray it was
found that no bones were broken. He is not feeling well, and will take it day by
day. (Note: Karsten finished the stage in 135th).
John then finished by saying that the team will see what happens today, and they will work with what they have: "The rest of the guys are
keen to do something really good."
Group photo with Bjarne Riis
Once a group photo with Bjarne Riis was taken, the team riders
made themselves available for photographs and autographs with Bobby J being the
first one out of the camper to greet everyone. I mentioned to John that Juan
Jose Haedo was fast in leaving the bus to sign in, John then replied, "He is very fast!" and
then winked. Note: J.J. showed us all how fast he really was by winning the second
It was time for everyone to go to the start line and the fans
spent a long time afterwards glowing and appreciating the graciousness of the
Team CSC signing autographs
Next report from Sierra Road.
All photo copyright Lyne Lamoureux