Italian brings experience as rider and directeur sportif
Adriano Baffi has joined the Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project as a directeur sportif. The Italian is the team's fourth directeur sportif, the team announced Wednesday. He had previously worked for Astana and Phonak.
Baffi, 48, rode professionally from 1985 to 2002. He was successful on both the road and the track, with 100 career wins.
“From his days as a rider, Adriano proved himself to be one of the great tacticians,” team general manager Brian Nygaard said. “And since he also worked successfully as a Sports Director on some of the biggest teams in the sport,I have no doubt that he will bring a lot to our program. For me, he really completes the picture of a great team of sports directors working for this team: A very reliable person with a wealth of experience and the motivation to bring something new to the sport.”
He joins Luca Guercilena, Torsten Schmidt and Lars Michaelsen at the team. “Adriano is a master motivator and will be able to collaborate with the riders and his fellow Sports Directors to develop a seriously effective racing strategy,” said Nygaard.
“I have worked in cycling for so many years that I feel I can really bring a lot of my experiences to help the team,” Baffi said. “When Brian approached me saying that the team needed one more Sports Director, and wondered whether I would be interested, I was very pleased.
“It is an amazing group of people and a perfect way for me to find fresh motivations while, after all these years, still learning new things from my new colleagues.”
Team manager Kim Andersen was also happy to have Baffi on board. “You just can’t buy the type of expertise Adriano can offer our team; he has worked long and hard in the sport, and will certainly add a great deal to our core knowledge,” Andersen said. “Adriano has the respect of the cyclist and all his colleagues, and we will be a much richer team because of his presence.”
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