COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Bjarne Riis is stepping down as as staff supervisor of South Africa-based NTT Professional Biking, the 1996 Tour de France champion mentioned Wednesday.
The Dane, who admitted to doping following his retirement from biking, mentioned he “departs the group by mutual consent.”
Riis took over the primary staff from Africa to compete on the World Tour degree on Jan. 8. It marked his return to top-level males’s biking since leaving his function as staff supervisor of Tinkoff-Saxo in 2015. He has since been attempting to ascertain Danish-based groups within the decrease tiers of biking.
“To be part of NTT Professional Biking throughout a novel yr for all of us has been a terrific expertise,” Riis mentioned. “I’ve numerous respect for the staff that Doug (Ryder) has constructed and wish to thank him for the chance. I want him all the very best for the long run.”
Riis is to step down on the conclusion of the season, NTT Professional Biking and Riis mentioned in a joint assertion.
“I’d wish to thank Bjarne for the expertise and management that he has delivered to the environment, and the contribution he has made,” mentioned Ryder, founder and staff principal of NTT Professional Biking.
The assertion additionally mentioned that Riis and his companions, Jan Bech Andersen and Lars Seier Christensen, together with Ryder, have additionally discontinued additional discussions about a purchase order of part of NTT Professional Biking.
The Danish firm that Riis co-owns, Virtu Biking, was planning to spend money on one third of the shares of the operational firm behind NTT Professional Biking, which was beforehand often known as Staff Dimension Information. It has been on the World Tour since 2016.
“I additionally count on it to be a closing farewell to biking for me personally,” Seier Christensen, the previous sponsor of Staff Saxo Financial institution, wrote on Fb. “After greater than 10 years as most likely the most important monetary assist for Danish biking, I feel I’ve finished my half.”
As co-founder and former chief government of the Web-based financial institution in Copenhagen, Seier Christensen was Riis’ longtime monetary associate and was, amongst others, behind the sponsoring of Staff Saxo Financial institution.
In 2007, Riis admitted to utilizing the blood-booster EPO from 1993-98, together with throughout his Tour victory. Riis wasn’t sanctioned as a result of deadlines had expired, however he mentioned he not thought-about himself a worthy winner of the Tour.
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