Jakob Piil continued Denmark's great history in the Tour when he proved to have the better legs over Sacchi, to prove once again he is a rare specialist in that sort of break.
Altogether 36 riders from Denmark have competed in the Tour de France, the first being Christian Christensen away back in 1913. A long gap appeared before the late 1950’s and the Danes reappeared in the race, and Morgens Frey scored the first stage victory for Denmark in 1970.
The Danes started to appear in numbers in the Tour from the mid 80’s onwards, with Kim Andersen being the first Viking in yellow in 1983. In 1991 Rolf Sorensen was in yellow when he was forced to abandon through injury.
Current CSC manager Bjarne Riis really caught the Danish public's imagination in the mid 90’s with a third place in 1995 and, of course, ending the Indurain era with his victory in the event in 1996. Johnny Weltz, who competed in the Tour four times in the late 80’s and early 90’s, also had a stage victory and is also on the CSC team management. Other tour veterans in the CSC management line up are Per Pedersen and Jorgen Marcussen.
Cycling in Denmark has continued to grow in popularity and this year for the first time national tv is showing the event live for the first time.
CORRECTION - Our good friends Morten ,Ivan , Christian , Soren and Niels have pointed out that Danish National TV have been covering the event for many years .
Apologies to Danish broadcasters and thanks for the correct info!
Jakob Piil was born on the 9th of March 1973 in Odense. He turned pro with the Acceptcard team in 1998 and has a solid palmares. He is currently ranked 36th in the world and after a good end to last season when he won the Paris-Tours 2002, this year he has already won the CSC Classic, the Wachovia Invitational and of course today's stage in the tour.
Speaking on the CSC site, he wrote -
”It is a dream come true. It was one of the major goals – both for myself as well as for the team - to win a stage in the Tour and it is a fantastic feeling to be able to achieve that goal. It is a huge deal to win a stage in the Tour de France and I am extremely happy. I was suffering halfway through the stage but I remembered the many times where I have been able to recover on the final kilometres and I kept calm. It was really tough to go solo but that usually means that the others are suffering as well. I had a good feeling in my legs when I attacked and I was therefore confident that I would be able to beat Sacchi in the sprint. Fortunately I was proven right.”
“Grinder” Hamilton for Phonak?
According to the excellent Cycling4All (Click here to see original article): “It seems that Tyler Hamilton (USA, CSC) has an agreement with Phonak for next year.
The Swiss team wants to participate in the Tour de France next year.
It is common knowledge that the Phonak company, one of cycling's biggest supporters, were deeply disappointed not to gain entry this year into the Tour. Certainly the presence of Hamilton, and his UCI points, would give them a huge boost for next year's race.
Team CSC’s Tyler Hamilton is currently in 5th place overall 1’52 behind Lance Armstrong who leads the race. In addition, Carlos Sastre lies in 17th place and Peter Luttenberger in 20th place and that means that Team CSC is currently in 1st place in the teams classification.
There has been a small revolution when it comes to the development of high end racing frames and Team CSC is at the cutting edge of that technology. In cooperation with its Canadian bike sponsor, Cervélo, a new carbon frame has been developed. The frame is considerably lighter than the current aluminium frames, but more importantly: the weight reduction has been achieved without compromising the frame’s stiffness. It is therefore a small quantum leap that has been archived with Cervélo’s new carbon dream, which has been named the “R2.5”. The best aluminium frames on the market tip the scales at approximately 1200 g but Cervélo’s new carbon frame weighs in at less than a kilogram!
To visit the excellent CSC site
To visit the excellent Cervelo site