Following a season defined by extreme highs and lows, Dave Zabriskie has
signed a two year contract with CSC/Riis Cycling. Dave’s 2004 cycling season
was marked by his second serious crash in 10 months, one that placed his career
in jeopardy. With his solid work ethic and his unyielding drive to succeed he
fought back to claim the US National Time Trial Championships, the 11th stage of
the Vuelta a Espana, and 5th in the World Time Trial Championships. Dave is
leaving the United States Postal Service Pro Cycling Team®, which is presented
by Berry Floor after four years, “I want to thank Johan and everyone that has
helped me along over the years…I’m excited for the change but will miss the
Postal family,” said Zabriskie.
Dave confides that following both of his accidents he was convinced that he
would never race again. He was driven to make it back and take his talent to
the next level. He has decided to ride with Bjarne Riis and the CSC team
because, “it‘s time for a change. I always hear that change is good and I know
there is no better team for me. I like Riis’ unique approach to the sport and
the willingness of the guys on the team to race hard.”
Dave knew he wanted to race for CSC when “it was in the Tour of Denmark and
we hit the finishing circuits. There was a steep hill and I dropped my chain
going from the big-to-little rings. All of a sudden I am being pushed along so
I could get the chain back on…I quickly realized it was Tour de France winner
Bjarne Riis helping me to get back in the race,” states Dave. “Now that’s
Dave’s schedule has yet to be determined and he looks forward to joining CSC
in December for the teams first training camp of the season.
“I look forward to 2005. The new team has provided me added motivation and
my '04 results have ingrained a great sense of confidence,” stated Zabriskie.
“Winning in Spain was a great feeling, one I want to feel more of.”
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