Oleg Tinkov blog: I think I’m a good substitution for Bjarne Riis

The Giro d’Italia is about to start and it’s one of my favourite moments of the season. I prefer the Giro d’Italia to the Tour de France for a few simple reasons: the food is better, the scenery is better and there’s less stress. The police are also nicer and let me ride on the race route. The gendarmes at the Tour stopped me and lots of other people riding last year which is a real pity. ASO wanted to help me but in France it’s all down to the police.

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Oleg Tinkov created his business empire by selling jeans he bought at a training camp as a junior. He now owns the Tinkoff-Saxo team and is never afraid to speak his mind, be it about team leader Alberto Contador, Tour de France rivals Team Sky and especially about how professional cycling is managed.