The Danish Cycling Federation (DCU) was caught by surprise when the coach of the national track team, Tayeb Braikia, announced his retirement from the job. DCU had hoped that Braikia would be the man to end the ambitious project of aiming for the gold medals at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. The search of a replacement is already in progress.
"We have already started negotiations with a capacity from abroad as replacement for Tayeb, because as we see it, there are no possible subjects in Denmark at the moment," DCU director Jesper Worre has told Danish Politiken. "With support from 'Team Denmark' we are aiming to get Danish track cycling back on the highest level, and the potential among the riders suggest it to be a realistic goal," he continued.
Worre also assured that although the costs were significant, the DCU had the intention of sending the entire 4000 metre team as well as Kasper Jessen to the World Championships in Los Angeles. Alex Rasmussen, a major talent, will participate in scratch as well as the partner race with Michael Mørkøv.