Bjarne is the founder of the team and previous owner. Following the sale of his life’s work to Oleg Tinkov after having maneuvered the team with passion and hard work for 13 years, Bjarne is now Team Manager on Tinkoff-Saxo. Bjarne’s new role presents himself and Tinkoff-Saxo with great opportunities on the sporting side. The Dane’s tactical awareness and understanding of the sport is unmatched and is demonstrated in exceptional team performances.
Bjarne’s active career as a top rider stretched from 1986 to 1999 with impressive victories – most memorable was his victory in the 1996 Tour de France. Bjarne Riis started as a super-domestique for some of the greatest riders in the sport, including his mentor Laurent Fignon. Through his many years as a highly valued teammate, he acquired a powerful engine, which together with his tactical cunning meant that he could exploit his competitors’ weaknesses by setting a grueling pace at their most vulnerable moments. It is this DNA – taken from the foundation of cycling – that Bjarne now enriches the team with.