ProTour outfit, Team CSC, has announced that former Tour de France stage winner Jørgen V. Pedersen will fill the roles of Sports Director in 2007. Pedersen has spent the last year working under general manager Bjarne Riis as Key Account manager for the team's sponsors.
”I still like professional cycling a lot, and when Bjarne one year ago gave me the opportunity to work with the sponsors, I said yes right away. I've been away from the sport for quite a while, but I've really enjoyed becoming a part of Team CSC, and for me it's a very big thing to be appointed as a Sports Director," said an excited Pedersen. "I know the employees and the staff and now I'm looking forward to getting to know the riders as well. First of all I have to learn how to be a Sports Director, but I know I'll be working with the most competent people in the sport of cycling."
Pedersen competed in the Tour for four consecutive years during the 80s, the first three with Carrera then his final TdF outing with BH. In 1990 he won Stage 8 of the Vuelta a España.
”From day one Jørgen has been an asset to the team, and it's a pleasure for me to appoint him as a Sports Director," added Riis. "I'm sure he'll be able to use his business experience in his new role on the team and in Jørgen I believe we've found exactly the right Sports Director.”