Riis pleased with CSC's Tour

Second place overall, one stage win, third in the team's ranking and third in the list of prize...

Second place overall, one stage win, third in the team's ranking and third in the list of prize money won; no wonder CSC team boss Bjarne Riis was happy in Paris today. "It's been a fantastic Tour de France for us. With Ivan in second place we've achieved a very important goal and at the same time set the course towards the overall victory within the next couple of years. It was our ambition to be one of the dominating teams, and I definitely think that we have been. We've attacked and put pressure on the other favourites throughout the race. We've applied an aggressive strategy, which has paid off. With a stage win, two riders in the yellow jersey and Ivan in second place overall, we've fulfilled our ambitions and proven once again, that we're a team of the future."

Riis has built the team up from modest beginnings to a genuine Tour force. He was keen to pay compliment to all those involved. "The whole team deserves big credit. The riders and the staff around the team have all worked really hard in order for this to come together, and they each have a share in the brilliant results we've achieved. Our new contract with CSC gives us the best possible foundation for building an even better team, and I feel, we've showed everyone, that we have what it takes to win the Tour de France."

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