Team Dimension Data gets a New Name and a New Manager: Bjarne Riis

NTT is the new Dimension Data

Bjarne Riis, who won the Tour de France in 1996 and then admitted after he retired that he had doped, said on Wednesday that he was becoming manager of the NTT team(formerly Dimension Data).

The change came as part of a deal between NTT  and Danish cycling operation Team Virtu which is part-owned by Riis and which already had a second-tier men’s team.

“Together, I believe we can develop one of the world’s best cycling teams,” Riis said in Copenhagen at a press conference where Virtu said it had taken a one-third stake in South Africa-based NTT.

“A lot of people say that this is my comeback in cycling, I don’t really agree,” said the Dane. “I never really left cycling.”

Riis, who was never banned and is still recognized as the 1996 Tour champion, became a team manager in 1999 at the team that was founded as Professional Cycling Denmark, but in its later years was sponsored by the Saxo and Tinkoff banks. Riis left in 2015. He set up Virtu with two partners in 2016.

NTT Pro Cycling is set to debut at the Santos Tour Down Under this weekend.

Photo: Damian Murphy

 NTT PRO CYCLING ROSTER FOR THE 2020 TOUR DOWN UNDER

  • 151 NIZZOLO Giacomo
  • 152 GIBBONS Ryan
  • 153 BATTISTELLA Samuele
  • 154 WYSS Danilo
  • 155 DE BOD Stefan
  • 156 TILLER Rasmus
  • 157 SUNDERLAND Dylan

NTT PRO CYCLING 2020 ROSTER

  •  BARBERO Carlos
  •  BATTISTELLA Samuele
  •  BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
  •  CAMPENAERTS Victor
  •  CARBEL Michael
  •  DE BOD Stefan
  •  DLAMINI Nic
  •  DYBALL Benjamin
  •  GASPAROTTO Enrico
  •  GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel
  •  GIBBONS Ryan
  •  GOGL Michael
  •  IRIBE Shotaro
  •  JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
  •  KING Ben
  •  KREUZIGER Roman
  •  MÄDER Gino
  •  MEINTJES Louis
  •  NIZZOLO Giacomo
  •  O’CONNOR Ben
  •  POZZOVIVO Domenico
  •  SOBRERO Matteo
  •  STOKBRO Andreas
  •  SUNDERLAND Dylan
  •  THOMSON Jay Robert
  •  TILLER Rasmus
  •  VALGREN Michael
  •  WALSCHEID Max
  •  WYSS Danilo

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