and flimsy ideas was on the agenda, as Bjarne Riis and his friend and business partner of almost four years ago at the Hotel D'angleterre in Copenhagen launched the dream of again owning a large professional cycling team.
It was a dream, as the other should pay for. The sponsors did not materialize, however, and millionerne began to fosse out of the enterprise.
Since then, the duo and rigmanden Jan Bech Andersen, who jumped aboard the project in 2017, shot in the region of 40 million kroner from the outside to reach closer to the goal, and even a handful of millions will be in the near future put in on the south african Doug Ryders bank account.
Riis, Seier and Jan Bech has purchased a bail-out, which saves them the humiliation to see the Tour de France be kicked off in Copenhagen, but that they are with. With the purchase of one-third of NTT's Pro Cycling for an unknown amount - but certainly tens of millions - they have saved face.
could be seen as a failure if they were not with. Millions of dollars would be wasted, but worse than even the economic øretæve it would be for the three wealthy minority, that their egos were offended. I think it has been crucial, especially Lars Seier Christensen, which does not appear as a man that accept a defeat, if a bag of money can guarantee victory.
Riis and co. will the Tour de France in Copenhagen, so it should cost what it cost will.
You must also just note that everything we have been tudet ears full of in the four years that have elapsed since the first press conference at Hotel D'angleterre, evidently not really something you should take seriously. Virtu Cycling Group is today very far from the original vision and the new year just before the Tour de France was launched to create renewed interest in the dream.
‘Made in Denmark’ was one of the latest versions of the dream. It was the idea that the ten Danish companies to jointly finance Riis’ team. There is not much ‘Made in Denmark’ over the NTT Pro Cycling.
Bjarne Riis is back as team leader. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix
VIRTUS KONTINENTALHOLD is away. Dameholdet is gone. The innovative digital træningsplatform is gone. The groundbreaking exercise bike is away. What with ernæringsappen? The international training centre in Mallorca? Virtu offers check with a shop, a travel agency and a cycling club for business professionals. And then, of course, a lot of millions.
This is really a matter of, that Bjarne Riis has got a new job, and that he and his associate bought him a. They have not created anything. They just bought part of an already existing product.
Get it so that the meaning of the Danish cycling? It may time will tell, but one must note that the Danish cycling has done exceedingly well in Riis’ absence from the World Tour. Denmark has a world champion in road cycling, as Riis never have had to make, and the Danish cycling have 21 riders on the World Tour in years. Record.
Riis purchased a bail-out, think Michael Rasmussen. Photo: Claus Bonnerup
NO 22 RIDERS , for Riis draws kontinentalrytteren Michael Carbel with him. A rider who does not exactly have been in demand in the professional field.
Denmark has scored a third of a World Tour team. It can never hurt, but it is not the case that Danish cyklings success stands and falls with Bjarne Riis. Now we must see if he in the first place can uproot the south african-Danish team up from the bottom of the World Tour ranking.
the lack of a main sponsor next year, so it can be crucial for the team's existence, it begin to perform at a just reasonable level this season. I doubt after all that Lars Seier Christensen re-entry – and this time with the big checkbook - in order to keep the dream of the Tour in Copenhagen in live.
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