Evgeni Berzin will not be returning to the professional peloton with Tinkoff. Although the 37 year-old Russian has spent the summer regaining his form and is a friend of Oleg Tinkov, the latter put an end to any speculation of Berzin's professional involvement with Team Tinkoff. Berzin won the 1994 Giro d'Italia and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but has since retired from professional competition.
"We are friends, we have made breaks on a bicycle together," said General Manager Stefano Feltrin in a press release. "We have never spoken of his joining our team. We are happy he has found the passion of the sport again, but Evgeni does not enter in our plans and the strategy of team Tinkoff. If he wants to return to competition, he has a great past and great experience."