On Wednesday it used to be showed that 1996 Excursion de France champion Bjarne Riis’s Virtu Biking corporate has purchased a minority percentage of the NTT Professional Biking Group, till just lately referred to as Measurement Information. In a press convention, Dane Riis mentioned he can be straight away take over managing the crew.
NTT has been round since 2008, and as a South African Professional Continental squad it used to be invited to Grand Excursions together with the Excursion de France prior to it joined the WorldTour in 2016 as Measurement-Information. Even supposing Measurement Information noticed some notable Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish and Steve Cummings triumphs from 2016 to 2019, it used to be the lowest-ranked WorldTour crew for 3 consecutive seasons, closing yr beating out handiest Katusha, which Israel Get started-Up Country absorbed to sign up for the WorldTour for 2020.
On the press convention Riis mentioned, “In combination, I consider we will be able to take the crew to the following stage and make it a crew that everyone – riders and group of workers – wish to be part of. This can be a long-term mission and the objective is to win large races. I’m excited for the long run.”
Riis’s skilled occupation ran from 1986 to 2000, the vintage EPO Generation. Winner of the 1996 Excursion over younger teammate Jan Ullrich, who would put on yellow in Paris the following yr, Riis admitted in 2007 that he used EPO, enlargement hormone and cortisone throughout the height of his occupation.
After retirement, he co-owned and controlled the ProTour/WorldTour squad CSC, which had Excursion de France winners in Carlos Sastre and Andy Schleck. Riis bought his WorldTour license to Oleg Tinkoff in 2012 however quickly had discovered Danish companions to release Virtu Biking, a sponsor of fellows’s and girls’s building groups till closing season.
Eastern telecommunications massive Nippon Telegraph and Phone used to be introduced because the incoming identify sponsor again in July. The squad remains to be registered in South Africa and can proceed to paintings with the Qhubeka charity. Switching from white and inexperienced, the crew now dons a package of a blue someplace between Movistar and Deceuninck-Fast Step’s fading to black.
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