International Cycling

Tinkoff-Saxo announce Riis departure

2015-03-30 09:04
Bjarne Riis (AFP)

Paris - The Tinkoff-Saxo team of two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador on Sunday fired team manager Bjarne Riis.

Dane Riis had already been suspended from his duties a week earlier.

"An agreement has been reached to terminate the contract," said the Russian team in a statement.

"The terms of this agreement will remain confidential and the two parties must not make any further comment," added the statement from the team owned by Russian millionaire Oleg Tinkov.

Riis won the 1996 Tour de France as a rider but would later admit to having doped during his career, including the year he won the Grand Boucle.

He created a team in the early 2000s and took on the role of sports director, eventually selling the squad to Tinkov in December 2013.

He built a formidable squad and made the marquee signing of Contador in 2011 before adding Peter Sagan this season.

However, there were rumours that Tinkov was unhappy with the team's poor results in the early part of this season, although a week ago Contador spoke out in support of his manager, describing him as "someone very important in my career".

Tinkoff-Saxo, however, denied Riis's suspension was related to results.

Read more on:    alberto contador  |  cycling
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.