CSC's new signing, Chris Anker Sørensen, is aiming for the mountains. The team signed the 22 year-old late this year but the Dane had already had a stint as a stagiaire for the team, including racing in the Tour of Britain, where he finished 11th overall.
"I gained a lot of experience and insight into how things are done on Team CSC and also as a pro for that matter," said the Sørensen in a CSC press release.
The Danish squad should be the perfect match for Sørensen. The rider, who is admittedly a mountain-man, will need to work on his time trailing skills. CSC is packed with TT talent, riders like Zabriskie, Julich and, of course, world champion Cancellara, which will provide plenty of opportunities for Sørensen to learn.
"If I'm to compare myself to another rider it would probably be Michael Rasmussen," continued the Dane. "The long climbs are definitely my strong point. Last year I won the only actual mountain stage I've ever done - a 10-kilometer climb at about 4-5% in Norway, and I'm pretty sure it's in that type of race, I'll be able make results in the future."
The future for Sørensen is in the mountains of grand tours. "I would really like to win the mountain jersey in Tour de France or Vuelta a España some day, but of course I realize that it won't happen anytime soon. A victory on Alpe d'Huez would also be a dream come true for me. It's the greatest victory a mountain specialist could ever get. But just getting to do the Alpe d'Huez is a battle in itself," Sørensen concluded.