Bjarne Riis leaves Tinkoff-Saxo team 'by mutual agreement'

Tinkoff-Saxo team issues statement on Sunday evening saying that Bjarne Riis will leave his post as manager immediately - Team does not disclose reasons for Riis's exit

Bjarne Riis on stage six of the 2014 Tour of Poland

(Image credit: Watson)

The Tinkoff-Saxo team has parted company with manager and former team owner Bjarne Riis this evening after a brewing feud between him and new owner, Oleg Tinkov.

Danish BT newspaper leaked the news this evening that the team fired the Danish 1996 Tour de France winner. The team confirmed it with a press release.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.