2004 Racing Calendar
Paris - Nice: 7 to 14 March
Gand- Wevelgem: 7th April
Flèche Wallone: 21st April
Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon (ex-Midi Libre): 19th to 23rd May
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré: 6th to 13th June
Coupe du monde:
Milan - San Remo: 20 March
Tour des Flandres: 4th April
Paris - Roubaix: 11 April
Amstel Gold Race: 18 April
Liège - Bastogne - Liège: 25 April
Hewcyclassic Hambourg: 1st August
Classica San Sebastian: 7th August
Championnat de Zurich: 22 August
Paris - Tours: 10th October
Tour de Lombardie: 16th October
The Three Major Tours:
Tour d'Italie : 8th to 30th May
Tour de France :3rd to 25th July
Tour d'Espagne : 4 to 26th September
Road Race : 14th August
Time Trial : 18th August
Bartoli, Hoej and Gusev Join Team CSC
Massive Reinforcements to the Squad
As the 2003 season ends with the World Championship road race and the Giro di Lombardia next Saturday, Team CSC is able to present three very
interesting names that will serve as reinforcements to the squad in the
The 33-year-old Italian classics specialist Michele Bartoli will be
riding for the team during the coming two seasons.
“Bartoli is at the absolute top of the sport. He is perhaps the best
classics rider of his generation and one of the greatest one-day riders
through all time. You will not find many riders who are able to match his
results. I have come to know him as one of the professional riders in the
peloton and I have the utmost respect for his approach to his occupation.
When he has got form, he produces results and I am confident that he will
serve as a strong and competent addition to our classics squad. To have him
on the team is a dream come true”, says Bjarne Riis about the strong
Bartoli’s palmares includes two victories in the Liége-Bastogne-Liége as
well as victories in The Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race, Giro di
Lombardia, Meisterschaft von Zürich, Het Volk, Giro d’Emilia, Rund um
Den Henninger Turm, and Fléche Wallonne. Just to name some of the most
Team CSC has had Danish rider Frank Hoej in its sights for a while and a
one-year deal has now been sealed.
“Frank will be an interesting addition to the team and I am looking
forward to seeing his potential in the cobblestone races. He is a good rider
and he still has a lot of potential and we are now giving him the chance to
do so at our team. I am happy that we have been able to take this
opportunity to strengthen our classics squad with a strong Danish rider”,
states Bjarne Riis.
The talented Russian rider Vladimir Gusev will start his professional
career at Team CSC. The 22-year old rider has been picked by Bjarne Riis who
has been testing the young rider. He is now given the chance to prove
himself at one of the international top teams.
“It is always very interesting to take some of the young riders in.
Gusev has a natural talent for cycling and he can go far in this sport. He
is to be counted among the elite in the U23 ranks where the competition is
very stiff. I have every reason to believe that he also will be able to be
competitive at an even higher level. Obviously, he is also here to learn and
we will provide him with the proper conditions to do so”, says Bjarne Riis
about Gusev who won the prestigious GP Tell this year. Gusev’s contract will
run for two years. (CSC Website)
New at CSC 2004
Sport dir. Kim Andersen
Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) and Frank Høj (Den) both from Fakta
Jens Voigt (Ger) from Crédit Agricole
Jörg Jaksche (Ger) from ONCE
Michele Bartoli (Ita) and Ivan Basso (Ita) from Fassa Bortolo
Vladimir Goussev (Rus) and Brian Vandborg (Den) neo pros
CSC Tour Documentary
You can watch a one hour documentary from Danish TV about CSC´s Tour. It is
narrated in Danish, but would still be enjoyable to CSC fans.
Surf to http://www.dr.dk/sporten/cykling/
and click the link "Gense smertens sejr" (requires Realplayer). (Thanks to Rikki)
The World Cup Winner and Bronze medalist in the Womens Road Race made
these comments following the race on her excellent
"I felt my preparation went really well and I felt very comfortable
during the race"
"I was very disappointed when Jeannie Longo broke away that the others
didn't chase her. I had just attacked myself so didn't feel in a position to
chase her myself. I tried to initiate a couple of attacks on her lead but
none of the others seemed interested"
"My heart just wasn't in it as I came to the last corner. I was very
frustrated at that moment."
"At the beginning of the year one of my aims was to have a good ride in
this race so maybe I'll look back on it and see it as a good effort but at
the moment I'm disappointed".
Cofidis, team of the double rainbow
Igor Astarloa and David Millar, the road race and time trial champions of
the world, will be team members next year with Cofidis.
Francis Van Londersele and Alain Bondue, usually thinking about Track events
at this time of the year, have the prospect of the two Champions riding in
the Cofidis colours.
"In fact, explains Alain Bondue, François Migraine, our owner, wanted to
get the services of Astarloa two years ago, when the Spaniard was at the
end of the contract at Mercatone Uno. This year, we tried without success to
sign Basso and Di Luca. Francis Van Londersele approached Igor after the
Championship of Zurich in mid-August and a week later, Bernard Quilfen got
jis signature in Plouay."
Indeed the traditional Belgian contingent which has included Mattan,
Planckaert, Peers, Farazijn and Vandenbroucke in its time, has now been set
aside and Cofidis seems to have turned to Spain. Next year, Astarloa will
indeed be amongst friends with riders like Luis Perez Rodriguez, Inigo
Cuesta, Daniel Atienza and Bingen Fernandez as team-members.
After being pipped by two superstars, Laurent Jalabert and Johan Museeuw
respectively, in Clasica San Sebastian and Hamburg in 2002, Igor Astarloa
made his breakthrough this year in the Flèche Wallonne.
Astarloa is equally happy with his move - "I am a one day racer. The
Ardennes Classics are my favourite hunting ground. As Cofidis was lacking
in riders for races like these, I did not hesitate for a moment when they
offered me the chance to be team leader in the Classics.
Igor turned professional later than many at 24 years old, and has never
ridden for a Spanish team.
"I waited a long time trying to make it in my country, but never succeeded.
Then, in 2000, when Mercatone-Uno appeared, I grasped my chance with both
Other new riders for Cofidis:
Jimmy Casper, Christophe Edaleine, Jimmy Engoulvent, Stuart O'Grady, Staf Scheirlinckx, Matthew White, Damien Monier.