Former Danish road professional Lars Michaelsen will make his debut as a rookie sports director with Team CSC at the Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne this weekend. Michaelsen is taking over for an ailing fellow director, Scott Sunderland.
"We need to focus on using these two races as preparation for later ones like Paris-Roubaix and Ronde van Vlaanderen," said Michaelsen according to team-csc.com. "I don't mean that we wouldn't like to win here, because we would always attempt to do so of course, but the main focus is definitely on getting started on the cobble stones."
Cobbles-riding expert Michaelsen last rode for CSC and is known for helping team-mates Fabian Cancellara and Stuart O'Grady win the Paris-Roubaix the past two years. Michaelsen has plenty of experience to share with his riders after logging stage wins at Danmark Rundt, 4 Jours de Dunkerque, Hessen Rundfahrt, Tour of Qatar, Tour de Georgia and the Vuelta a España.