During a media event held in Cape Town, South Africa, earlier today, Computer Sciences Corporation and Team CSC, the number one professional cycling team in the world, announced the Team CSC line up for 2007.
Some of the 25 riders returning to the team include Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland), Stuart OGrady (Australia), Carlos Sastre (Spain), Fränk Schleck (Luxembourg), Jens Voigt (Germany) and David Zabriskie (USA). Five new riders joining the team are Juan José Haedo (Argentina), Alexandr Kolobnev (Russia), Chris Anker (Denmark), Anders Lund (Denmark) and Matthew Goss (Australia).
"I am very proud to present our new team for 2007," said Bjarne Riis, owner and manager of Team CSC. "Everyone knows that 2006 was a challenging year for cycling, but today I know that we have the riders, staff and policies in place to ensure that Team CSC remains the team to watch."
"We are proud to be the title sponsor of Team CSC for the seventh year in a row," said CSC President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Laphen. "Our business is dedicated to excellence, teamwork and delivering meaningful results to our stakeholders, and Team CSC continues to bring those values to life on the professional cycling circuit."
The introduction of Team CSCs 2007 roster was part of the teams first visit to South Africa. In addition to holding its traditional team-building "survival camp" during the stay, Team CSC interacted with South African cyclists. One highlight was the visit to the Life Development Cycling Academy (LDCA) in Khayelitsha outside Cape Town. The LDCA focuses on promoting the sport of cycling in disadvantaged communities.
"Team CSCs visit to South Africa has inspired South African cyclists of all races," said Martin Vergunst, managing director of CSCs operations in South Africa. "The teams visit has been particularly significant to the LDCA which, in the last three years, has transformed the lives of many South Africans and created new sporting heroes. Having the opportunity to cycle with and learn from the worlds best has been an unforgettable experience for these talented young riders."
South Africa, which stages two of the worlds largest mass participation cycling events, is a popular destination for cyclists. "With world-class facilities and accommodations, South Africa has an ideal climate, fantastic roads and cycling terrain, as well as a large and passionate local cycling following which was very excited to have Team CSC in the country," added Vergunst.