As the organizer of the Tour de France-start in Denmark next year on Tuesday lifted the veil for the routes on the three Danish stages, was the Tour race director Christian Prudhomme also asked to Bjarne Riis.
The former Danish team owner, announced in January that he had bought into the south african NTT-team, and in the future must be the top sporting responsible on the team.
After its dopingindrømmelser for more than ten years ago and the detection of doping at his former CSC team has Prudhomme never concealed the fact that he had not a high opinion of Riis.
Bjarne Riis is back in cycling's top. Photo: Ernst van Norde
But with the link to the NTT comes Riis also to be at the Tour de France this summer, probably - and for the start in Denmark in 2021.
the Dane has apparently well shown that he was not the most welcome of the Tour-management, and Prudhomme could tell that he Monday had received an email from Bjarne Riis.
I heard some weeks ago that Bjarne Riis was once again entered on a cycling team. ASO has not been involved in the decision, tells the Tour-director from the scene in Vejle according to the translator.
- But I received yesterday (Monday, ed.) an email from Bjarne Riis, where he regrets what has happened, what he has said, and how he has dealt with the yellow jersey.
Riis won the Tour in 1996, but has subsequently admitted that he was dopet, when he won. As many other former Tour winners have granted and given the status of pariah in the Tour-management.
however, It seems that Riis' mail has mitigated the Christian Prudhomme.
- Although it does not mean that you can beat a dash of the past, so I welcome it, and it is a step forward, he says.
the Past, however, it is not that a few days ago came a story forward, which put the Danish stjernerytter Jakob Fuglsang in connection with the livstidsudelukkede dopinglæge Michele Ferrari.
Fuglsang has subsequently denied that it has anything on it, but it is still something that Christian Prudhomme has noted.
- I don't know quite what I should say, for we have still not received any opinion from the CADF, and it will also require, before the UCI can pronounce, he says.
- But with the history that the sport has, and the stigma it has for the problems with doping, then it is of course something we follow closely. the
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