Riis joined Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour team at the start of the year and departs the organisation by mutual consent.
Douglas Ryder, Team Principal, said: “I’d like to thank Bjarne for the experience and leadership that he has brought to our environment, and the contribution he has made. We’d like to wish him all the very best for the future.”
“To be a part of NTT Pro Cycling during a unique year for all of us has been a great experience,” said Riis. “I have a lot of respect for the team that Doug has built and want to thank him for the opportunity. I wish him all the best for the future.”
Riis and his partners, Jan Bech Andersen and Lars Seier Christensen along with Ryder have also discontinued further discussions about a purchase of a part of NTT Pro Cycling.
As NTT Pro Cycling continues to fight to secure its future, further updates regarding the sustainability of our team will follow in due course.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of NTT Pro Cycling.
Jean Smyth (Head of Communications)
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About NTT Pro Cycling:
Founded in 2007, NTT Pro Cycling (formerly Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka) (NTTProCycling.com) became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour license, in 2016. With the support of our headline sponsor and technology innovation partner, NTT, we are the most purpose-driven, performance-led, and technology-enabled team in pro cycling today.
Our ambition is to continue to race at the highest levels in world cycling, to develop riders to realise their full potential and to inspire and motivate people across the African continent to ride bicycles.
We have bases in South Africa, Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy.
We also ride to raise awareness for Qhubeka, a global charity operating in South Africa, through our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.
The hands on the back of the team race jersey are a reminder that every Qhubeka bicycle is a helping hand up to a beneficiary, which are provided through Qhubeka's learn-to-earn and work-to-earn programmes.
Qhubeka (Qhubeka.org) is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.
A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go.
About NTT Ltd.:
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