Torsten Schmidt will be joining Team CSC as sports director. During the last two seasons the 35 year-old German has been with the German Pro Continental team, Wiesenhof-FELT and prior to that he was with Gerolsteiner for six years.
CSC announced the new signing today. Schmidt said that "After having ended my career as a rider I had no doubts whatsoever that I wanted to continue within the cycling sport, and this fantastic opportunity to work with Team CSC couldn't be more perfect for me. I'm very much honoured to get the chance to work for the best cycling team in the world and I look forward to being a part of the work, which makes this team so unique. I'm humbled by the task before me, but of course I'm hoping that I'll be able to contribute," commented Torsten Schmidt, who joins the team on the recommendation of Kim Andersen. Andersen was sports director for Schmidt on the Danish Team Chicky World.
The manager of the team, Bjarne Riis, explained that "In Torsten we'll get a new, young sports director, who'll be able to learn how we do things from the very beginning. Torsten has made a really good impression and it will be exciting to get a new member of the team, who will be able to continue our work and pass on our beliefs and principles into the future. I'm positive Torsten has the right qualities to become an excellent sports director,"