Returning to the team where he has enjoyed so much success as a rider, Bobby Julich has been appointed Rider Development Manager at Team Saxo Bank - IT Factory.

In his first position after ending his 16-year-long career as a professional cyclist, Bobby Julich will take on a managing role on the team with technical development, testing and time trial coaching as his main work objectives.

"I am extremely pleased and motivated to take on this new position with Riis Cycling. I knew that my urge to compete at the ProTour level as a rider was over in the middle of the season, but I also realized that I have much more to offer this great team and the sport of cycling. I will be trying to accomplish this objective from the other side of the barriers, but with the same passion and dedication I had during my racing career", says Julich who will be heading to Denmark at the end of November starting his new role at Team Saxo Bank - IT Factory and Riis Cycling.

"I am looking forward to our trip to Denmark at the end of November in order to meet with Bjarne and the rest of the staff to map out a game plan for the future. I am also looking forward to meeting the new riders and to help them adjust and develop under our system. It has been well documented how I feel about this team and I am honoured to continue working within this organization. It will take some time for me to adjust to this new role, but I feel that my relationships with many of the riders and sponsors will be a perfect fit", Julich continues.

"It is a great privilege for us to be able to engage Bobby is this new function. He knows the team and the way we work better than most, but above all, he brings hands-on know-how, insight and great passion for the team and the sport in general. With Bobby's personality and competence we have found a perfect match in order to bring the team forward and to continue or quest to be the best in the world", says team owner Bjarne Riis.

Bobby Julich photo courtesy of Lyne Lamoureux