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Team Tinkoff Saxo has been scaring other teams for years, starting in 1999 in second division, they quickly climbed to the Top Division of UCI World Tour in 2000. 

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Tinkoff-Saxo Bank had many notable riders that helped it achieve a reputable status in the cycling world such as: Ivan Basso, Peter Sagan, and Alberto Contador. The team has won a multitude of international, continental and national championship such as Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Tour of California, Tour of Luxembourg, among many Road and Time Trial titles.

Tinkoff-Saxo Bank followed a very different philosophy than other cycling pro teams. When Bjarne Riis took over in winter 2000, he hired the former Danish Ranger Corps soldier B.S. Christiansen as advisor and they gave CSC a distinct philosophy and training methods. The team works with four values: communication, loyalty, commitment and respect, with the aim of improving teamwork. The team rides for the rider in the best shape on the day, and separates the function of team captain (the rider making decisions) and team leader (the rider trying to win) to avoid pressure on a single rider.

The team staff go on yearly outdoor education trips, physical challenges under pressure. According to B.S. Christiansen, the camps teach people "that they can achieve their goals by cooperating. They have to perform their very best under the worst possible circumstances, where every action has a consequence". Bobby Julich, one of the riders, said that "those days in the bush bonded us much closer and given [sic] us the strategies to work as a team in any racing situation".


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