The group of Directeurs Sportifs who took part in the first management training course designed specifically for them were all awarded diplomas on 18 December.
The course, entitled "From Passion to Performance" was held for the first time on 2-5 November at the World Cycling Centre, the headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in Aigle (Switzerland).
At the end of their training, the 26 participants were asked to draw up activity plans for their teams, putting what they had learnt into practice. It was on the basis of an assessment of these plans that certificates were issued attesting to the fact that the standards required by the UCI had been achieved.
In the future, everyone wishing to become a Directeur Sportif will have to successfully complete this training (by 2013 for UCI ProTeams and 2015 for UCI Professional Continental Teams).
John Lelangue, Directeur Sportif of the BMC Racing Team, a US-based Professional Continental Team, who had returned to being a student for the duration of the course, commented: "The award of the diploma represents an important step towards the professionalisation of team members, even though in some countries the role of Directeur Sportif is already recognised and can only be conducted by individuals with approved qualifications." Mr Lelangue also said: "This obligation, introduced by the UCI, will guarantee that in future the quality of the supervision of riders from all teams will fully satisfy the required standards and checks."
Other participants emphasised that the training organised by the UCI corresponded closely to their own needs. Raoul Liebregts, an Assistant Directeur Sportif with the German Milram team stressed: "This training has given us essential basic information that no Directeur Sportif of a professional team can do without."
For Allan Peiper, Technical Director at the US-based Columbia-HTC team, the "From Passion to Performance" course had a further quality: "This course, and in particular the fact that there is an examination that you have to pass at the end, will give our profession greater credibility. It means that the competence and knowledge of Directeurs Sportifs are recognised by a body outside the teams themselves. A person without this qualification will simply not be able to carry out the profession."
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List of Course Graduates
â€¢ M. Gilles Mas (FRA) â€“ AG2R La Mondiale
â€¢ M. John Lelangue (BEL) â€“ BMC Racing Team
â€¢ M. Josu Larrazabal Arbaiza (ESP) â€“ Euskaltel-Euskadi
â€¢ M. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (ESP) â€“ Euskaltel-Euskadi
â€¢ M. Claudio Cozzi (ITA) â€“ Team Katusha
â€¢ M. Bart Leysen (BEL) â€“ Team Katusha
â€¢ M. Gennady Mikhalylov (RUS) â€“ Team Katusha
â€¢ M. Fabrizio Bontempi (ITA) â€“ Lampre-NGC
â€¢ M. Brent Copeland (RSA) â€“ Lampre-NGC
â€¢ M. Stefano Zanatta (ITA) â€“ Liquigas
â€¢ M. Davide Bramati (ITA) â€“ Quick Step
â€¢ M. Luca Guercilena (ITA) â€“ Quick Step
â€¢ M. Hendrik Redant (BEL) â€“ Silence-Lotto
â€¢ M. Herman Frison (BEL) â€“ Silence-Lotto
â€¢ M. Alberto Volpi (ITA) â€“ Barloworld
â€¢ M. Valerio Piva (ITA) â€“ Team Columbia-HTC
â€¢ M. Allan Peiper (AUS) â€“ Team Columbia-HTC
â€¢ M. Tristan Hoffmann (NED) â€“ Team Columbia-HTC
â€¢ M. Raoul Liebregts (NED) â€“ Team Milram
â€¢ M. Ralf Grabsch (GER) â€“ Team Milram
â€¢ M. Jochen Hahn (GER) â€“ Team Milram
â€¢ M. Jose Azevedo (POR) â€“ Team RadioShack
â€¢ M. Rod Elingworth (GBR) â€“ Team Sky
â€¢ M. Sean Yates (GBR) â€“ Team Sky
â€¢ M. Marcus Ljungqvist (SWE) â€“ Team Sky
â€¢ M. Scott Sunderland (AUS) â€“ Team Sky