Sunderland replaces Yates at CSCClose
As reported on procycling.com yesterday, Scott Sunderland has been appointed a directeur sportif atPICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE As expected, CSC manager Bjarne Riis today confirmed that Scott Sunderland will join the Danish team in the role of sports director. The Australian, who turns 38 in a few weeks and announced his retirement as a rider last week, originally contacted the team for a place as a rider, but was instead offered a job as sports director, writes Susanne Horsdal. "When Sean Yates decided to go to Discovery Channel I couldn't immediately see a lot of candidates to replace him with. But then Kim Andersen suggested Scott. And Scott's a good guy, he speaks a lot of languages and he's new in this role, which means that in principle we can influence him in comparison to other sports directors who've been around for years. For me it's important that our sports directors are able to pass on the team's philosophy and ideas when I'm not around," explained Riis. At first he had suggested that Sunderland should be a riding sports director for the first three months of next season thus taking part in a lot of the Belgian races before concentrating fully on the new job in the team car. "But Scott wasn't really interested in that and I respect that completely," said Riis.