Kim Andersen, the directeur sportif of the Danish Saxo Bank team, is stepping down from his job less than a week before the start of the Tour de France.
The 52-year-old announced on Danish television that he was leaving the team, which is run by 1996 Tour winner Bjarne Riis, to set up his own professional team in Luxembourg.
“It is a difficult step to leave the team but I have had an opportunity that you only get once in your life and just have to take it,” Anderson told
The Dane is known to be close to Saxo Bank’s two leading riders Frank and Andy Schleck and there is speculation that the brothers, who come from Luxembourg, are likely to join him after the Tour.
Saxo Bank announced in January that they were withdrawing sponsorship from Riis’ team for next season.