Team Saxo Bank-SunGard Completes 2011 Sports Director Lineup

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10/21/2010| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen

Team Saxo Bank-SunGard Completes 2011 Sports Director Lineup

Earlier today Team Saxo Bank-SunGard announced its complete line-up of sports directors for the upcoming 2011 season.

been wearing the leader's jersey in all three grand Tours mostly because of his capacity as time trialist. His raging pace also provided him several Olympic and World championship medals and records.

Philippe Mauduit is one of the new sport directors on the team. After finishing his own professional active career in 1999, he has gained experience from places like China and Japan before returning to Europe and Bbox Bouygues Telecom in 2004. Now, he leaves Cervelo TestTeam to join Team Saxo Bank-SunGard.

"Every year since I started my career as sports director, I've set new goals for myself to secure my own development and in this job, aspects like coaching, fitness, diet, strategy and tactics play a huge role. At the future Saxo Bank-SunGard team, I'll get the chance to shape the riders while at the same time working with people who can teach me as well," Frenchman Philippe Mauduit said.

Last but not least, Saxo Bank-SunGard will introduce a new acquaintance by welcoming Aussie, Nicolas Gates on the team. As a former professional cyclist at Silence-Lotto, he has gained experience in all three major tours and has been participating in the world championships several times. Now, he's facing a new challenge by becoming Saxo Bank-SunGard sports director.

"I'm very excited about working with Bjarne Riis and of course the rest of the Saxo Bank-SunGard staff in 2011. After a briefing with team management I didn't hesitate joining the team which has a unique culture and values I certainly approve. I'm honored to be getting this opportunity with one of the best teams in the world," Nicolas Gates commented.

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