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has bjarne riis already become oneof the elite team managers(9 posts)

has bjarne riis already become oneof the elite team managersrufus
Jul 24, 2003 3:55 PM
csc, not a very big team, still fairly new, and yet they have 3 stage wins this tour and two riders in the top 15. plus, he's one of the few that has the guts to pull a move like tyler did yesterday, or jalabert did last year. does this enter him into the ranks of the greats in such a short time?
oops, checked today's results. 3 in top 15 nmrufus
Jul 24, 2003 4:11 PM
Yes.seyboro
Jul 24, 2003 4:26 PM
I have been pondering the same. There must be something special about his relationship with the riders.
I read a very interesting article in Velonews. The short of it is that Riis is somewhat different from the traditional directeur sportif/slave driver. He seems more laid back, willing to listen to suggestions, changing training programs to suit the rider, adjusting team goals to rider performance and taking care of his boys off the bike and off-season as well. His team seems built on mutual respect rather than obedience. I'm thinking he's on the right track. Worked out OK for Armstrong and Bruyneel, didn't it?
Yes. he's master tacticianatpjunkie
Jul 24, 2003 5:02 PM
remember it was Bjarne who cracked Big Migs reign. Guy knows how to race bikes.
Riis is also the team ownermohair_chair
Jul 24, 2003 7:04 PM
Riis and Bruyneel are definitely the new breed of director sportifs, but look right over the last C on the CSC jersey, roughly above the rider's heart. You'll see the logo for Riis Cycling. That's a company that Riis formed and invested in to run the team. So he has a bigger stake in the team than just managing it. It's his money that's being spent!
He already isAlpedhuez55
Jul 25, 2003 4:55 AM
He helped revive Jalabert's career a couple of years ago. Tyler is haveing a great year under him this year. I think he is a great team manager who gets the most out of his team. He has but a rider in every break which is why they are in the team lead.

I hear he does a lot of things to make the team feel like a team rather than like you are working for a team leader. I think they go on a trip together without taking the bikes. He is doing a great job.
I don't know about the greatness thing...but you must consider..eschelon
Jul 25, 2003 6:21 AM
this: on one of the cols, Tyler and Carlos were climbing in the Yellow leader group, Carlos looked over at Tyler and actually asked permission if it was okay for him to attack the front for a chance to win the stage...Wow is all I can say...obviously there is no "pecking order" on this squad...it really is a cohesive team that genuinely looks out for each other...Carlos won that stage by the way.

Plus, I've read numerous other Tyler diaries where last year he mentioned how Riis is very easy going and doesn't pound the pressure on and instead relies more on psychology to motivate his riders...he had Tyler do his training based on quality and towards the attainment of general well-being and happiness.

You can tell alot about a person by the way they speak and sound...During Tyler's solo-win the other day, I say how much Tyler was hurting...the kind of pain that seems worse than a usual ITT, the kind of pain you are willing to pay for to win a stage in the TDF...Riis came up next to Tyler and yelled in a very positive and enthusiastic...no enthusiastic isn't the word, there is no word except to say that he was more happy and excited than a horny teenager about to have sex for the first time. He yelled: "You can do it Tyler!"...man, Riis was so happy and excited for Tyler...it seems this Riis guy isn't about spending the most money for the best rider...rather he makes the most of what he can afford for his team and brings out the best in everyone...hey, you gotta figure, if the nicest guy in the world like Tyler would choose to stay with Riis and win for this squad and hear over and over again with him always referring to his accomplishment and efforts because of Riis and his team, it must be good to be in that team.

For as long as I have been working, I've firmly realized that the way the employees behave and their general moods starts from the top. If the employees are tense and miserable, it's usually because someone at the top made it that way.
Totally agree...Anaerobic_Nut
Jul 25, 2003 8:01 AM
CSC is definitely having the best tour overall and bjarne riis has plenty to do with that; not to mention they will win the team competition which is a big deal as well. My buddy who just got back from France was at the start of one of the stages and actually talked to Riis for several minutes. He said he was very approachable and didn't get the feeling he was being bothered at all. Great guy and a terrific DS; glad to see CSC will be around for a few more years.
Riis is a really good guy...James OCLV
Jul 25, 2003 8:59 AM
I saw him at USPRO in Philly - at one point near the end of the race, he was just standing there in the CSC PR Booth watching the race and talking to people. He was very approcahable and friendly.