Bjarne Riis returns to cycling by taking over third-tier Danish team

Bjarne Riis and Lars Seier Christensen take over team Trefor - a Danish UCI Continental team, which will serve as a feeder team for a future WorldTour squad

Bjarne Riis (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Bjarne Riis is back, but not in the WorldTour like many expected. The 1996 Tour de France winner and former team owner joined forces once more with Saxo Bank founder Lars Seier Christensen to take over the UCI Continental level Trefor team.

The team has been renamed Team Virtu Pro-Veloconcept, with an existing roster which contains Riis's son Thomas. The collaboration is reportedly only in place until the end of 2016, however there are talks to prolong the partnership for the long term.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.