De Jongh joins Saxo-Tinkoff

Steven de Jongh has joined Team Saxo-Tinkoff as a sports director, the Danish squad have confirmed.

The 39-year-old Dutchman ended a three-year stint with Team Sky last October after the British squad reiterated their zero-tolerance policy to doping and he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his racing career.

Now, De Jongh has been employed by Bjarne Riis, the owner of Team Saxo-Tinkoff, which features multiple Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador, former Team Sky rider Michael Rogers and Irishman Nicolas Roche in its ranks.

De Jongh said: "After I left Team Sky, I simply didn't know what the future would hold for me.

"But in early January I had some conversations with Bjarne and the team, and this developed into a job offer and a fantastic opportunity for me personally.

"I'm really looking forward to start this new chapter of my career as a sport director and I am grateful for the confidence the team has shown me."

Riis said: "I have heard a lot of good things about him as a sport director and he brings a solid amount of experience to our team.

"So I'm happy to welcome Steven on board and to start working with him."