Giro D'Italia - Team CSC Preview
The worlds number one team arrives in Sicily for the Giro ready to steal the
show especially when it comes to the contests against time.
By: Andrew Kappes
The worlds number one Team, CSC will bring the usual loaded squad to this
year's Giro D'Italia. The team will be lead by Classics specialist Fabian
Cancellara. The world time trial champion is expected to exit the race before
the final week in June, but a good performance in the time trials and mountains
could change his mind.
World Champion Fabian Cancellara 2007 Tour of California Prologue
Photo c. Mark Adkison
CSC will be looking for wins early, especially in the time trials. It is a
personal goal of Cancellara to wear the pink leader's jersey of the Giro.
Cancellara isn't a great climber, but with his time trailing ability he
could make a run for the maglia rosa. It's only a question of whether if
Cancellara will stay in the race for the final week, and I think that will be
determined by how far he is up on the GC.
CSC brings a deep team alongside Cancellara, including young Andy Schleck.
Andy is the little brother of Frank Schleck, and many think he is a brighter
prospect. Andy Schleck has already found success in his young career, he was the
national time trial champion of Luxembourg in 2005, won two stages at the
Sachsen Tour in 2006, and he also won the King of the Mountains competition at
the 2006 Tour of Britain. Schleck the younger, also performed well in the
Ardennes classics showing real grit alongside the tough classics competitors.
Dave Zabriskie and J.J. Haedo at Spring Camp. Photo c. Alan
Americans will have something to cheer about in CSC, Dave Zabriskie will ride
this year's Giro. Dave Z knows what it takes to when a stage in the Giro, he won
Stage 8 in 2005. He is currently the only American to have won a stage at all
three grand tours. His Prologue win at the 2005 Tour de France was the fastest
ever, at 54.68 km/h. 2006 was a great season for Dave Z, he won two time trial
stages at the Dauphine Libere. In addition, he also won the American national
Time Trial Championship, and he was second at the world championships so the
fans will see two American National jerseys with Zabriskie in the TT's and
Hincapie on Discovery, flying the red, white and blue on the road stages.
Zabriskie Tour of California.
Photo c. Mark Adkison
This time last year JJ Haedo was racing for the American continental team
Toyota/United Pro. How things can change in a year. Haedo is now the main
sprinter on the powerful CSC, and he is confirmed to start for the red, white,
The 26-year old Argentinean made a name for himself last year at the Tour of
California, where he won two stages at the Tour of California. He followed that
up with a win at the 2006 Tour de Georgia. He picked up right where he left off
last year, this time in the European Pro Tour. In addition to stage and sprint
titles in the Tour of California and Tour de Georgia, Haedo has also won the
Colliers Classic and Rund um Köln, an auspicious European debut. In the Giro
Juan Jose will face the talents of Milram's Ale Jet Petacchi who is hell bent on
adding to his 19 Giro victories.
CSC should continue to dominate the headlines at this year's Giro, even
without a bonified GC contender. If Cancellara can climb well, he will make a
run for the overall title. CSC will most likely rack up a few wins, especially
in the time trial stages. The rest of the riders in the team are a well picked
crew of rolleurs and sprint machine to ensure victories in more that just the
races against the clock.
Team CSC Giro d'Italia
181. Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
182. Andy Schleck (Lux)
183. David Zabriskie (USA)
184. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)
185. Juan José Haedo (Arg)
186. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (N)
187. Matti Breschel (Dk)
188. Michael Blaudzun (Dk)
189. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr)