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Tour of Georgia - CSC Team Profile
By Andy McGrath
Date: 4/18/2006
Tour of Georgia - CSC Team Profile

Tour of Georgia - CSC Team Profile
The Z-Man leads Bjarne Riis's  # 1 Team in the world at the Tour of Georgia. Lars Bak, Jakob Piil, Alan Johansen, Martin Pedersen, Christian Muller among the mix to weigh in at the "Big Peach" today.

Paris-Roubaix, the Amstel Gold Race… and the Tour of Georgia? The way the last few weeks have gone for Team CSC, overall victory in America’s premier race is an even more distinct possibility. The bulk of their team for the Tour of Georgia consists of Danes, acting as support for David Zabriskie, who will be gunning for glory on home turf.

CSC Roster
Johansen, Allan (DEN)
Vandborg, Brian (DEN)
Muller, Christian (GER)
Zabriskie, David (USA)
Piil, Jakob (DEN)
Klostergaard, Kasper (DEN)
Bak, Lars (DEN)
Pedersen, Martin (DEN)

With Grand Tour time-trial victories making him into a star and one of America’s top riders effectively within a few months, Zabriskie is just another rider who Bjarne Rijs has been able to bring the best out of.

Z-Man photo c. Mark Adkison &

Still only 27, the man from Salt Lake City was second at the Tour of California and has posted two top six overall finishes in the past at Georgia. We can certainly expect a strong showing in the stage three time-trial, where Zabriskie will be one of the big favourites along with Landis and Danielson, but his climbing ability could stop him from winning. Though certainly “DZ” can perform well when the road pitches up, he is no bread-and-butter climber.

Two brutal mountain stages, particularly the finish on Brasstown Bald, could put an end to his victory aspirations. That said, considering reports of Zabriskie flying up Monte Serra, a testing ground for form, in Tuscany, we could see a first display of his climbing ability. At any rate, the CSC man should finish in the top five overall.

Team CSC started the year as top team in the Team G.C. at the
Tour of California and at the top of the UCI pro tour standings.

Zabriskie will be ably supported by Brian Vandborg, who won a stage last year and has finished in the top ten overall in his first year as a pro. Vandborg is another rider with a big engine, who will do well in the long time-trial and who can climb competently. Backed by a solid early-season, including third in the Circuit de la Sarthe, Vandborg could bag another top ten finish for CSC.

Lars Bak, the Tour de l’Avenir winner and Christian Muller are both riders who can deliver good time-trials, while Bak has a fast finish to boot for the flatter stages.

Paris-Tours winner Jakob Piil has been plagued by injury in recent season, but the Dane should be back to his aggressive best here, and could show the CSC jersey in a long-distance break or two.

Allan Johansen has been a pro since 1998 and came to CSC from Bankgiroloterij team in 2005 and has racked up seven wins in his career with minor teams. Johansen is one of the workhorses and hardmen of CSC and often found in the thick of the battle supporting the CSC tactic and team leader in their quest to win. Given a bit of a loose rein Johansen could be a factor in early breaks or a stage victory in Georgia.

Neo-pro Martin Pedersen had a year to remember with Team GLS in 2005, winning seven times. However, the young Dane has found it considerably tougher having stepped up to the pro ranks. Still, Pedersen – a winner of the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege - could get his first top ten result with CSC in a bunch sprint here. Kasper Klostegaard is another neo-pro learning the ropes this year.

No matter how you look at this team master tactician Bjarne Riis has pulled a few rabbits out of his the CSC top hat this year and it has to leave you feeling the anticipation of what the master has in store for us at the Tour of Georgia.

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