Bjarne Riis about TDU: "We'd never pass up the chance to win a race."

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20.01.2008/ Tuesday January 22nd marks the beginning of this year's ProTour - the Tour Down Under was granted the UCI Pro-Tour status by the UCI. Today the traditional Criterium Down Under Classic takes place in Glenelg. CSC rider Stuart O' Grady holds the record of being the only rider ever to win Tour Down Under twice. O'Grady thinks it would take a miracle to win the 2008 edition, but CSC team manager would like to win the race.

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Stuart O' Grady during the 2007 Paris - Roubaix (© Cyclingheroes)

Team CSC made their presence felt in the 2007 edition of Australia's Tour Down Under with third places in the three first stages as well as an overall third place for Lars Bak, while former CSC pro Luke Roberts was sixth overall. Bak's result was the best so far for Team CSC in this race along with Lennie Kristensen's, who also took a third place in 2003.

But other than that it is Stuart O'Grady's race. He holds the record of being the only rider ever to win Tour Down Under twice, so it would be great if the Australian Team CSC rider was able to win the 10th anniversary edition as well.

But last years winner of Paris - Roubaix thinks his form isn't good enough: "That would mean absolutely everything had to work out perfectly for me. It would almost take a miracle really, because I'm not far enough in my training after my accident to be among the favorites this year. I'll do what I can to get a good result of course, but don't expect too much from me yet," warns O'Grady at the team CSC website O'Grady has his main focus on the spring classics.

"We have a strong team and after having won the ProTour three years running we'd like to get off to a good start again this year. We need to get out there and show that we deserve to win three times in a row," determines O'Grady.

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Stuart O' Grady aims for the classics (© Cyclingheroes)

"This is our first race of the season, which is always something to look forward to. We always enter a race aiming to do our absolute best, but of course it's early days yet. If the opportunity should come along we'll definitely be there to catch it – we'd never pass up the chance to win a race," says team owner Bjarne Riis on

The Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday, but the traditional Criterium Down Under Classic takes place today. Team CSC has Kurt Asle Arvensen, Lars Bak, Matthew Goss, Allan Johansen, Kasper Klostergaard, Stuart O'Grady and Nicki Sørensen in the line-up. 
Team Milram arrived last week in sunny Australia. At 22 to 27 degrees, the team was training, training, training. The first three days, the pros were on the bike for three to four hours. Later the Milram pros trained up to six hours. On Thursday, Milram did an inspection of the course of the first stage of the Tour Down Under. Martin Müller had a little training accident. He crashed, but fortunately wasn't injured.
Milram for Tour Down Under: Martin Müller, Igor Astarloa, Brett Lancaster, Enrico Poitschke, Dennis Haueisen, Elia Rigotto, Sergio Ghisalberti.

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