Omega Pharma-Quick Step sport director Brian Holm has been cleared by a Danish court of indecent exposure after he was alleged to have attempted to have sex with a seven-year-old girl.
Holm, aged 51, waived his right to anonymity in the case in May after media in his native Denmark reported that a famous sporting figure had been charged with having sex with a child aged below 12 years, which carries a penalty of up to 12 years in jail.
CPH Post reports that a court in Frederiksberg has ruled that there was not enough evidence to prove that Holm had tried to take off the girl’s underwear in an incident alleged to have happened at his home between 3am and 5am on 26 April.
As a rider at Telekom, Holm helped fellow Dane Bjarne Riis win the Tour de France in 1996, and he later went into management with the German team, subsequently renamed T-Mobile.
More recently, he has acted as a mentor to Mark Cavendish, initially as sport director at T-Mobile which Cavendish joined in 2007 and which evolved into Team Colombia.
The pair were reunited when the Manxman joined Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2013 after spending the previous season with Sky.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.