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Riis denies he is trying to lure Cancellara to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank

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Bjarne Riis clutches Fabian Cancellara as the Swiss bursts into tears after winning Paris-Roubaix

Bjarne Riis clutches Fabian Cancellara as the Swiss bursts into tears after winning Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Eyes on the prize: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) can lay down a marker at E3 Harelbeke.

Eyes on the prize: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) can lay down a marker at E3 Harelbeke. (Image credit: Barry Ryan)
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) would finish third on the day behind the Sky duo of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) would finish third on the day behind the Sky duo of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bjarne Riis has attracted a new sponsor to his squad.

Bjarne Riis has attracted a new sponsor to his squad. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A relaxed Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) awaits the start of stage 5.

A relaxed Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) awaits the start of stage 5. (Image credit: Sirotti)

Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank boss Bjarne Riis has rejected claims in the Swiss media that Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) will once again ride for the Danish team.

Cancellara abandoned the Tour de France last week ahead of the birth of his second child, while speculation as to the financial stability of his current team continues to grow amid allegations of non-payment by holding company Leopard SA and unhappiness within the roster.

The Swiss powerhouse led an exodus from Saxo Bank to Leopard-Trek at the end of the 2010 season, leaving Riis unashamedly hurt. Cancellara reportedly apologised to Riis last September.

"I always tell my riders not to burn their bridges when they leave," Riis told the Ritzau news agency. "And I think he did that last year, but the world is not so big that you don't meet again.

"I think the people who know me know that I am always open to a dialogue with people who have turned their back on me."

On Sunday, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag reported that Saxo Bank is one of two options for Cancellara should he leave RadioShack-Nissan - despite the fact that his contract does not expire until the end of 2013.

"We have become both wiser and older," said Riis to the Swiss newspaper.

"All teams will be interested in getting Fabian Cancellara. But for now he has a contract."

The report also speculated that Cancellara is entertaining offers from the Swiss-based IAM Cycling project, which recently announced that it was looking to create a ProContinental outfit. In April, IAM founder Michel Thiétaz said that the team would have an annual budget of 4.9 million Euros guaranteed for at least six years. Of the 20-man roster, half of the riders would be Swiss.