Congrats to all the lads who took part in the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford at the weekend. Tom and Alan Ryall were joined by Martin McCarthy and Jason Quirke.
Kelly looks like he is in shock; must have been trying to hang on to Jason Quirkes wheel all day…….I know the feeling Sean. For all the photos taken of our lads, see here.
There have been some questions asked as to the role D.S. Kas plays within the club. We have made some enquiries at the top-table and can confirm the following:
A directeur sportif (French for sporting director, although the original French term is often used in English-language media; plural directeurs sportifs) is a person directing a cycling team during a road bicycle racing event. At professional level, a directeur sportif follows the team in a car and communicates with riders, personnel and race officials by radio.The directeur sportif warns of obstacles or challenging terrain, updates the team on the situation in the race, and provides mechanical help. The car carrying the directeur sportif also usually carries a bicycle mechanic with spare bikes, wheels and parts. It also carries spare water bottles, food and medical equipment.In recent years the role has increased, in keeping with better team cohesion, tactics and communication and telemetry equipment.
The directeur sportif can have split times, find where riders from other teams are in the race, and dictate orders to riders. This has made teamwork and tactics more important.A directeur sportif can also be involved in the riders’ training and racing programme. Many are former professionals, such as Johan Bruyneel and Sean Yates.Several directeurs sportifs are also associated with famous riders whom they have nurtured. The relationship between Patrick Lefevère and Johan Museeuw, Cyrille Guimard’s relationship with Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond and later Laurent Fignon; Jean de Gribaldy with Sean Kelly and Joaquim Agostinho; and Bruyneel with Lance Armstrong are examples.
While this is the textbook definition of what a D.S. does, it remains to be seen what our directeur actually does…..however we are in no doubt that it is a very demanding role…….