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Exclusive: Tinkov ready for legal battle with the UCI

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Oleg Tinkov at his summer home in Tuscany.

Oleg Tinkov at his summer home in Tuscany.
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Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov in Tuscany.

Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov in Tuscany.
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Tinkoff-Saxo boss Oleg Tinkov gets out for a ride

Tinkoff-Saxo boss Oleg Tinkov gets out for a ride
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Oleg Tinkov is owner of the Tinkoff-Saxo team.

Oleg Tinkov is owner of the Tinkoff-Saxo team.
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How many more star riders will Oleg Tinkov sign this summer?

How many more star riders will Oleg Tinkov sign this summer?
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Oleg Tinkov and Bjarne Riis head out for a ride

Oleg Tinkov and Bjarne Riis head out for a ride
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Brothers in arms: Riis and Tinkov at the team's training camp

Brothers in arms: Riis and Tinkov at the team's training camp
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Oleg Tinkov, the outspoken owner of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, has told Cyclingnews that he is ready to start a legal battle with the UCI because of the way the international governing body of cycling has handled the Roman Kreuziger Biological Passport case.

"There should be clear rules. At the moment he's provisionally suspended. What does that mean? I've paid him a million Euro this year but he couldn't perform at his best because he's been under pressure, getting letters from the UCI all the time and his mind was not at ease. Yet they're telling me that I have to pay him but I also have to suspend him before it's proved that he doped.

"If they want to use the Biological Passport, they have to have clear criteria for it, with red zones where people are banned. Now it's a tool that doesn't work properly. They have it, they talk about it a lot, but they don’t know how to use it.