Michael Rasmussen Says Bjarne Riis Aware Of Doping

COPENHAGEN, July 04, 2013 (AFP) - Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen has told anti-doping authorities Saxo-Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis knew about widespread doping in his team, but the manager is unlikely to face disciplinary action, a newspaper wrote Thursday. Rasmussen had told anti-doping authorities that Riis had "full knowledge of the widespread use of doping substances in his cycling … [Read more...]

Saxo Bank To Take Over Full Title Sponsorship of Riis Cycling

Saxo Bank, the trading and investment specialist, will take over the full title sponsorship of Riis Cycling in 2012. In 2011 the sponsorship was held jointly with SunGard, one of the world's leading software and technology services companies, but Saxo Bank has now decided to exercise an option to step up and become the sole title sponsor. All three parties have agreed that the timing is now right … [Read more...]

Japan’s Miyazawa Signs With Team Saxo Bank

PARIS, Oct 21, 2011 (AFP) - Saxo Bank have signed Japanese veteran Takashi Miyazawa on a one-year deal, team manager and owner Bjarne Riis announced Friday. "In my opinion Takashi is a rider that has proven to be worthy of a chance to become part of a World Tour team," Riis said in a team statement. "He has a very professional approach to his sport, he is always willing … [Read more...]

Saxo Bank SunGard Signs With Danish Talent

Saxo Bank SunGard has secured one of Danish cycling sport's most promising prospects. 22-year-old Christopher Juul-Jensen and the Danish based World Tour team have agreed on a two year deal that keeps the rider in the team until 2014. "I really look forward to start working with Christopher. We have closely monitored his development and his results, and I see him as one of the greatest … [Read more...]

Saxo Bank Praying For Contador “Good Day”

Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) LOURDES, France, July 15, 2011 - Saxo Bank manager Bjarne Riis admits Alberto Contador must have at least one good day in the mountains soon if he is to have any chance of defending his Tour de France crown. Contador came into the race with high hopes of becoming only the second rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve the Giro d'Italia-Tour de … [Read more...]

The Threat of Losing The 2011 Tour Crown Is “Ridiculous” Says Contador

Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) LES HERBIERS, France, June 30, 2011 - Tour de France champion Alberto Contador said Thursday he would find it "ridiculous" if he were to win this year's race then be stripped of the title by the authorities. Contador is bidding to win a fourth yellow jersey after being cleared of any wrongdoing by the Spanish cycling authorities in February despite a … [Read more...]

A Master Piece From Alberto

The 167 kilometer long thirteenth stage of Giro d'Italia brought the peloton from Spilimbergo to the impressive and quite demanding climb to Grossglockner in Austria where Saxo Bank-SunGard's Alberto Contador demonstrated convincing power as he launched away from his biggest opponents with Jose Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) on his wheel. A group consisting of among others former leader of the … [Read more...]

Roberts Re-Opens Account With Saxo Bank-Sungard

PARIS, Feb 24, 2011 - Former Olympic track champion Luke Roberts has re-signed with Saxo Bank-SunGard, the Danish cycling outfit announced on Thursday. The 34-year-old Roberts, who won team pursuit gold at the Athens Games in 2004, has signed a one-year deal with the team he rode for in 2005-2007. Team owner and manager Bjarne Riis, who also announced the signing of Polish talent Rafal … [Read more...]

Saxo Bank Sungard Ready For 2011

Next year's roster is complete. First task starts Sunday at Playitas on Fuerteventura. Team Saxo Bank Sungard can now present its complete rider roster for the upcoming season on the Pro Tour. With this week's addition of Matteo Tosatto the 2011-team will consist of 25 riders, who together will constitute a strong, exciting and very diverse group with expertise in all terrains and in all … [Read more...]

Riis Opens The Lid On His Doping Practices

COPENHAGEN - Denmark's disgraced former Tour de France cycling champion Bjarne Riis has further lifted the lid on his doping practices during his cycling career. In a book of confessions, Riis revealed how during the 1998 Tour de France he threw vials of EPO (erythropoietin) down the toilet after hearing that his Deutsche Telekom team would also be searched as part of the probe into the … [Read more...]