CSC takes second Tour stage

Team CSC's rookie takes the legendary Alpe d' Huez stage

Despite a rough start for the CSC cycling team in the Tour de France, Bjarne Riis's cyclists found their stride on Tuesday.

The team's 26-year-old Tour newcomer, Fränck Schleck, broke from his closest competitor to take the 15th stage.

'I haven't completely comprehended that I've succeeded in winning at such a mystical place as l'Alpe d' Huez,' Schleck told daily newspaper Politiken.

The stage marked the second win for Team CSC after a rough start in this year's Tour. Riis, the manager of Team CSC, shed his usually modest style after the stage.

'A fantastic performance. He demonstrated great poise and the team delivered excellent riding and the will to sacrifice for each other. It was wonderful to witness,' he told public service broadcaster DR.

Riis also praised the teamwork of Jens Voight and David Zabriskie for helping Schleck take the stage.

'Without those two, it would have been difficult for Fränck to win. Dave and Jens kept the breakaway in motion and kept distance with the field and placed Fränck in position for the last climb,' said Riis.

The stage also found team captain Carlos Sastre digging in and advancing to fifth place.

'Carlos did exactly the right thing,' said Riis. 'I told him that he should hold back and not take off when they strike the first time. That he should find his rhythm and work his way up. And he did that. He lost a little time but I think that's acceptable.'

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