Bjarne Riis plays down rumours of possible Katusha buyout

Dane says rumours of taking over the team were "new to him"

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Bjarne Riis, 1996 Tour de France winner and former Team CSC manager, could be back with Team Katusha, but he says that it is only "loose rumours."

French newspaper L'Equipe reported that it learned that the Dane was in talks with Team Katusha owner Igor Makarov about buying the team. The team is in limbo with riders and sponsors leaving ahead of 2020.

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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.