CSC sign three more riders

As CSC lose one big name, Bjarne Riis annnounces the arrival of three more who he hopes will become

As CSC lose one big name, Bjarne Riis annnounces the arrival of three more who he hopes will become
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE On the same day as their Classics team leader Michele Bartoli has announced his retirement, Team CSC have themselves announced the signing of three more riders, including Australian world and Olympic track gold medallist Luke Roberts. Joining Roberts at the Danish team next season will be Bankgiroloterij's Allan Johansen and a new German pro Christian Mller. "I couldn't wish for a better team. My focus will be on the road, and I'm very privileged to be able to make this switch with Team CSC, because it stands for something special, and I look forward to being a part of it," said 27-year-old Roberts. Mller, 22, won the German and European under-23 time trial titles this year and finished fifth in the equivalent event at the world championships. He is also regarded as a good climber. "My contract with Team CSC is a dream come true. I've sat and watched the team on TV during the Tour and thought to myself: 'This is the team I'd like to ride for as a professional.' Team CSC is the best possible place to start," said Mller. "You can't replace Michele Bartoli and that's not what we are trying to do," said CSC team boss Bjarne Riis. "These three riders reinforce our team in several ways. We've been keeping our eye on Luke Roberts since the spring, and I think he's going to surprise a lot of people during next season. I'm convinced he'll be able to convert his strength from the track to the road. Christian Mller is a brand new rider, but he is among the absolute best of the under-23s. I think Allan Johansen will be a great addition to the team. He's the winning type, which is of course one of the reasons, why we've chosen him. Allan primarily reinforces our group of Classics riders, and it will be exciting to see what he'll be able to accomplish in the big one-day races."
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