Retiring Sunderland for CSC?Close
After announcing his retirement from the competitive side of the sport, is Scott Sunderland set to tPICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Australian rider Scott Sunderland, who announced his retirement from the professional ranks last week, is expected to be presented as sports director at a Team CSC press conference on Tuesday, writes Susanne Horsdal. Sunderland is no stranger to the Danish cycling scene. Prior to his last season at Alessio he rode with Danish Team fakta and knows current CSC sports director Kim Andersen well from that time. Sunderland will replace Sean Yates, who earlier this year decided to work with Discovery Channel next season. Sunderland announced his retirement from the competitive side of the sport after 15 seasons of competition at the top level. Writing in his web diary on the cyclingnews.com site, Sunderland said: "With three weeks to go to my 38th birthday I'm making it official: I'm putting a full stop behind my career as a professional cyclist." He said of his final season: "This year was very fulfilling for me. Having the opportunity to have [my son] San on the top bar of my bike on the Champs Elyses was the most rewarding moment of my career and the icing on the cake. From now on I'm an ex-professional cyclist, but I'll always be his dad and to share that moment with him was wonderful and will stay with both of us." Sunderland has long been one of the most affable and quotable members of the peloton. He turned pro with TVM way back in 1990 and quickly established a reputation as a typically battling Aussie pro who could climb well and never gave less than his all. His best season was with Fakta in 2001, when he climbed well up into the world's top 100 riders, his outstanding performance coming with victory in the GP Fourmies.