Glenwood Springs’ Julich to manage cycling team |

Glenwood Springs’ Julich to manage cycling team

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
KRT SPORTS STORY SLUGGED: OLY-CYCLING KRT PHOTO BY KARL MONDON/CONTRA COSTA TIMES (August 14) ATHENS, GREECE -- Bobby Julich, front, and Tyler Hamilton of the United States ride by the Parthenon in the Men's Cycling Road Race in Athens, Greece, in the 2004 Olympic Games on Saturday, August 14, 2004. (gsb) 2004

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” It didn’t take long for Bobby Julich to drift back to the sport that’s been at the center of his life for so long.

Nearly two months after announcing his retirement from professional cycling, the 1990 Glenwood Springs High School graduate is returning to the sport as Team Saxo Bank-IT Factory’s rider development manager.

“It’ll allow me to work with young riders and pass along my expertise and knowledge, just as older riders have done for me in the past,” said Julich, who rode for Team Saxo Bank-IT Factory, formerly known as Team CSC and Team CSC Saxo Bank, from 2004 to 2008. “I’m looking forward to working with young riders.”

In his new position, Julich will “take on a managing role with technical development, testing and time trial coaching as his main work objectives,” according to a Team Saxo Bank-IT Factory press release.

Julich, who turns 37 on Nov. 18, will head to team headquarters in Denmark later this month to get the ball rolling on his new career.

“Now I’m just enjoying the last little bit of the offseason,” he said by phone on Tuesday. “We head to Denmark in the middle to end of November for our first get-together, for training camp. Before you know it, I’ll be back to the similar lifestyle.”

The shift to management is one Julich is eager to tackle, even though he knows he’ll be learning the ropes right alongside his pupils.

“I just want to learn, first and foremost,” he said. “I’ve never done it before. I’ve been coached. I’ve acted as a rider coach for many, many years. I don’t really know what to expect, except for that past experience.”

Team Saxo Bank-IT Factory owner Bjarne Riis doesn’t think Julich will have any problem adjusting to his new post.

“It is a great privilege for us to be able to engage Bobby in this new function,” he said via press release. “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 the perfect match in order to bring the team forward and to continue our quest to be the best in the world.”

In 16 years as a pro, Julich competed in nine Tour de Frances (finishing a career-best third in 1998) and won a time-trial bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

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