By Katharina Schulz
In a reaction to the doping scandals of the last two years, Team CSC has developed one of the most ambitious anti-doping programmes in cycling together with Danish scientist Rasmus Damsgaard. The programme is now even setting an example for others, such as Astana and the International Cycling Union (UCI).
Team CSC's owner and manager Bjarne Riis is therefore very satisfied with this season's results. "So far our programme has made sure that we can document that we are clean," he told Danish newspaper Politiken. "Apart from that, the results tell you that we are the world's best cycling team. And those who may still be in doubt just have to keep their mouths shut."
Riis is determined to keep following this course, despite the programme's costs. "Our anti-doping programme has at least cost us over 2 million Danish Kroner [€267,000 - ed.]. I don't regret a single Krone, because this sort of monitoring is the only thing that counts if we want to get on.
"All that talk that you're clean doesn't count anymore. We don't have any use for that. It needs to be proved. Those are the terms, and everyone just has to follow them," Riis concluded.