CSC facing another team challenge

"I spoke too soon saying we were able to train in good weather conditions," CSC's team director Scott Sunderland to Cyclingnews this morning from the team's base in Italy. "Last week it was sunny and 14°c; now we can't even go out training anymore! Yesterday we already could see it coming, but we had no idea it was going to cause such havoc. The hotel manager said this weather is very unusual, but nonetheless it's causing us some worry. This morning, we woke up and we're completely snowed in. I don't know if we'll get off this mountain to get the riders to the airport in time."

Unexpected and uncharacteristically heavy snowfall has turned the countryside around Artiminio into a ski-resort like picture. Although the riders can enjoy the comfort and the magnificent views from their rooms in the four star Albergo Paggeria Medicea in Prato, a small degree panic is starting to set in. "Bjarne is trying to find a way to get the heavy trucks and equipment down the mountain; we'll have to come up with something good quickly I'm afraid."

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