Although Team CSC weren't represented in yesterday's twelfth stage of the Vuelta a España, directeur-sportif Kim Andersen says it wasn't a case of not trying, and today presents another opportunity.
"[On Stage 12], Kurt Asle was in a break from the beginning, but unfortunately they weren't allowed to go on. A shame because it would've been a perfect finish for him," said Andersen on team-csc.com.
"Astana took control of the peloton after a while, but the decisive break was given quite a bit of leeway, which meant Caisse d'Epargne had another rider advance in the overall standings. [Stage 13] should present another opportunity for a break, and of course we'll try and be there again," he said.
Meanwhile at the Tour de Pologne, the team lacks a sprinter, and are therefore anxious about the hillier terrain to be encountered over the weekend. "We didn't have anyone who could do the sprint, so we'll have to see what we can do later on when we hit more hilly terrain and the sprinters are unable to follow," said CSC DS Alain Gallopin after the fourth stage from Bydgoszcz to Poznañ.