Riis hires anti-doping scientistClose
CSC boss Bjarne Riis is concerned about his team's, and his own, image. Hiring an anti-doping scientPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Admitting to Danish newspaper Politiken on Tuesday that his team, CSC, as well as his own person, has suffered serious credibility damage following Ivan Basso and Tyler Hamilton's involvement in the Operacion Puerto affair, Bjarne Riis managed to score big on the damage control account when, later on Tuesday, Rasmus Damsgaard, a doctor and a respected Danish anti-doping scientist, accepted the offer to work for Team CSC in the future, writes Susanne Horsdal. "I'm thrilled that the world's best team has turned to me. I find it visionary that a cycling team tries to draw in the research into the anti-doping area in an attempt to change the doping culture," said Rasmus Damsgaard, whose exact role in the team is yet to be decided. His hope is that his co-operation with CSC will create a precedent for other professional cycling teams, and that there'll generally be more openness about what's going on in the teams. Damsgaard, who for a number of years worked for the Anti Doping Denmark organisation and has been a harsh critic of cycling's bad habits, stresses that his work for Team CSC is not to be seen as a guarantee for a doping free team. "I don't care as such if one rider may be doped if it means that 10 others are saved," Damsgaard told Danish TV channel DR.