Roman Kreuziger has told Cyclingnews that he believes Oleg Tinkov will one day return to professional cycling and run another team.
Kreuziger rode for Tinkov during his time at the Russian’s team, Tinkoff, and despite an up-and-down relationship, during which Kreuziger admitted the pair had ‘heavy discussions' at times, the rider said that he respected his former team boss.
"Anyone can think what they want but I really liked him. We definitely had some discussions, some heavy and some light but every time you understand what he wants or what he needs," Kreuziger recently told Cyclingnews.
According to sources the pair had a particularly 'heavy discussion' during this year's Criterium du Dauphine while on the team bus. The pair apparently clashed over issues within the team.
The following month Kreuziger rode for himself – after receiving Tinkov's blessing – at the Tour de France and finished tenth overall in GC, 7:11 behind winner Chris Froome.
Tinkov later pulled the plug on his team and Kreuziger has since moved to Orica Scott for 2017. Kreuziger played down any friction between the pair.
"He was open and never said anything behind my back. He was pretty clear and I liked how he treated people. I finished well with him and we had a good relationship. I think he had some ideas that would have changed cycling but I'm sure that he will come back because he really likes cycling."