Even though Tiňkov in the spring of 2004, he criticized Peter Sagan openly, and now he says: “We then solved the hourly discussion in my room. We have no problems since then. ”
But Contador is another case.
” I have a much worse relationship with that. Actually, I have no relationship with him. I respect him as a rider, but as a man I do not like him. Even a number of riders do not like it. He finished in my team in such a position that he had bad relationships with almost everybody, except for his Spanish group. “The Spanish now at 33 years goes with his aides to the American Trek Trek and Tiňkov went even so far Luke Guercilen, manager of Trek, warned him: “He should be careful.Contador’s group causes him a lot of chaos. ”
Alberto is very sad, boring, h3>
According to the Russian boss, the Spaniard would have done best if he had just finished his career. “The four best mountaineers were able to take off at Vuelta, with twenty riders in the year. He does not win any Grand Tour anymore. ”
During his last season in the role of the owner of the stables, Tiňkov wanted to dominate the World Tour team, but his stable ended second behind Movistar. “We did not win, because Alberto has fallen or been sick many times,” he judges. He tells him he refused to take part in the final WorldTour challenge round Lombardy. “For the money he gets, it should not happen.Valverde (Movistar’s rider) He was sick three days before Lombardy, but he started and went to Top 10. That’s a class! ”
Tinkov did not invite Contador to the farewell party of his stable. He said, “When you are ill, stay at home. You would still bring a virus to the party and infect the others. ”
In a cyclingnews.com interview, Tiňkov later said that without Contador’s presence the same team is better. He thinks he’s a sad person. “He never wanted to drink champagne, he was always cautious about what he had, and spent the whole year concentrating on winning the Tour. He talked this way last November in Moscow. This is a stupid setting. That’s why he always fell because he was too hard on himself and he concentrated too much. Peter Sagan is much more relaxed.Those very serious guys are, on the contrary, always boring. And they have a complicated life. ”
NA TOUR 2015. The main characters of the Tinkoff-Saxo stable.From left: Peter Sagan, owner of Oleg Tiňkov and Alberto Contador.
Tiňkov was at Tinkoff (formerly Saxo Bank and later Saxo-Tinkoff) four years, of which he owned it for three years when he bought it from Bjarna Riis. >
“The team was 80 percent toy and 20 percent to trade,” he said. “The same is for Makarov from Katyus, Rihs from BMC, Ryan of Orika,” mentioned other owners or major stables sponsors. “It should be the opposite.”
According to his words in the stables, Tinkoff has invested a total of 50 million euros. “But it’s not like I fired the money. People now know the Tinkoff brand everywhere in Europe.When I bought my clothes in Milan at the Via Montenapoleone shopping area and gave them my credit card, they recognized my name and gave me a special discount. The fact is, however, that the money I put into the team did not come back completely. That’s why it was a business decision to leave. Cycling was really a toy in many ways. ”
Still, he does not regret it.
” If I had a time machine I would spend the money again because cycling gave me so much emotion and fun, that it can not be valued by any amount of money. As they say in MasterCard, there are things you do not buy for money.You can not buy a ride with Peter Sagan, ride hills with boys from my team or sip champagne after winning. ”
Current Biking it’s ok
The critic of conditions in the current cycling world of Tiňkov naturally remains at the moment of his departure.
“This sport is not clear, it’s fine. The future of the World Tour is uncertain, the chaos also leads to a reduction in the number of teams in the World Tour to seventeen, or the fact that only half of the WorldTour teams will eventually take part in the World Championship.Or take what happened at Vuelta when they did not apply the time limit for riders who had reached more than an hour behind the peloton.
Some people think these are just minor issues, but look at it from another angle: If the limit were applied, we would still have five riders in the race, while Froome would remain alone. The race would have developed quite differently and perhaps we would have won the World Tour instead of Movistar. This is just one example of the weak management of this sport.And while I’m leaving, I’m angry. ”
From the responsibility for the current situation, Tiňkov blames the UCI International Cycling Union, which coughs on many issues. “At the moment I’m tired of all this,” he says.
ASO has to get rid of UCI
However, in July in an exclusive interview for MF DNES and the Sport daily, which Oleg Tiňkov provided during the Tour de France, however, he outlined that he does not have to give the bike a definitive goodbye.
“I will definitely return,” he said at the very first time.
This vision has also been repeated for cyclingnews.com: “I believe that major bicycle reforms will take place within three years. Then it will be time to return. Then Chris Froome will be tired of winning Tour.And winning the Tour is the reason I want to go back. Tour is the only thing we did not win. I will monitor everything and then decide. Meanwhile, if I want to come to the races, just pick up my phone, call the organizers and get a VIP car. ”
Once again, he outlined his vision of how the future face of cycling is:” I believe ASO > (Owner Tour and Vuelty) takes control of cycling, maybe together with a big rich investor. They should buy RCS (the owner of Gira), who is having trouble, and get rid of the UCI.I do not see any place for UCI in future professional biking management. “Tiňkov imagines that ASO will establish a professional cycling league, such as the American Basketball NBA, and a pay-TV model. “Cycling has already been popularized in France, Spain and Italy by socialist state television,” he said. “Millions of people love cycling and always love it, so they will not be fans when they have to pay for the transmissions. Yes, an old lady who likes to see pictures of the French countryside at the Tour, the Tour will not see on the state television. But it is about building a business model that will work.Cycling will be bigger and better. ”
I believe they will be remembered in good
Leaving Oleg Tiňkov now thinks that he will not miss it.
“They often attacked me for what I said. Some Danes told me that I was a vodka clown. Sometimes I was provoked to make statements, sometimes my words were mistaken for the media. But I have a big heart and I talked to my soul. Everything I wanted to make cycling better. I’m controversial, but I believe people will remember me for good reasons. Just like in all five companies I’ve built in the past. ”
One thing is wrong.
Cycling will miss him.Although he was often irritated by his statements, he was just such a controversial person who needed that sport.