CSC Dominates Danish Tour; Re-signs Haedo, Signs Fuglsang Team CSC-Saxo Bank couldn’t quite bring home overall victory, but the team otherwise dominated the Tour of Denmark.
Juan José Haedo claimed a wonderful sprint victory in Sunday’s finale ahead of te
Team CSC-Saxo Bank couldn’t quite bring home overall victory, but the team otherwise dominated the Tour of Denmark.
Juan José Haedo claimed a wonderful sprint victory in Sunday’s finale ahead of teammate Matti Breschel to put an exclamation point on the team’s performances. Breschel won two stages, held the leader’s jersey before finally ceding it during the individual time trial, only to hold on to claim the points jersey.
Gustav Larsson, who also won a stage, Breschel, Michael Blaudzun and Jason McCartney all finished in the top eight overall. Team CSC-Saxo Bank also won the team’s competition.
"Of course, we would’ve preferred to win this one but we can’t be disappointed after four stage wins, a victory in the point's competition for Matti as well as four guys in the top-eight," said sport director Lars Michaelsen.
Despite the final win by Haedo, there was no hope in the general classification for Team CSC-Saxo Bank even though Lars Bak tried his best in a break with three others.
It lasted until the very last lap in Frederiksberg, but during the final 20-30 kilometers it became clear that the foursome did not pose a threat to leader Jakob Fuglsang (Designa Køkken), who also ended up celebrating his brand new contract with Team CSC-Saxo Bank with a victory in one of the biggest Danish sporting events of the year.
Team CSC-Saxo Bank signed two riders before the Post Danmark Tour was over.
First, Haedo, who’s already claimed eight victories on the 2008 season, penned a contract extension with the team.
Racing winner Fuglsang – who is the reigning U23 world mountain bike champion and will represent Denmark at the Beijing Olympics – signed a contract to join the team in 2009.
"I am very pleased indeed with this new challenge and am very pleased that the contract has fallen into place with Team CSC-Saxo Bank," he said. "There have been several teams inside the picture, but it was here that I wanted to go. I still have much to learn and I think that it is here that I can get the best conditions to be better. First and foremost, I am glad to join the world's best team."