Team CSC has appointed Jørgen V. Pedersen to the position of sports director after Dutchman Tristan Hoffman announced last autumn that he would be leaving his position on Bjarne Riis' squad. Pedersen, now 47 years-old, was the second Dane in history to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey, keeping it for four days during the 1986 edition - the first being fellow CSC sports director Kim Anderson.
"A lot has happened within the cycling sport since I was a rider and of course I'll have to get myself up to speed," admitted Pedersen to team-csc.com. "I'll be taking it slow at the beginning, watching and learning from the other sports directors. I've got quite a lot of contacts through my previous job - especially in Italy - so I won't have a problem with all the practical stuff."
"But life as a rider is very different from when I was a neo-pro living in a small room with no heating or phone in the early eighties. So it's probably a whole other mentality now as well. But I'm very much looking forward to it all," he concluded.
The Dane began his new job at the Tour du Haut Var in France on Sunday and will face his first big assignment in Tirreno-Adriatico starting on March 14.