Recently retired Bobby Julich will be staying on with Saxo Bank-IT Factory next season in a new position as “rider development manager.”
Julich ended his 16-year racing career this summer and will take on a managerial role in technical development, testing and time trial coaching for the squad where he enjoyed his most successful years from 2004-08.
“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,” Julich said in a team release. “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.”
Julich, who turns 37 in November, joined the team managed by Bjarne Riis in 2004 and quickly rediscovered his winning ways.
The Colorado climber was left off the Tour teams in 2007-08 and decided to retire midway through the 2008 campaign.
Rather than take on the role of sport director, Julich will instead help out with material, time trialing and rider development.
“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,” Julich continued. “It has been well-documented how I feel about this team and I am honored 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.”