Bjarne Riis: Tinkov was envious of my respect within the team

Bjarne Riis has hit back at criticism from Oleg Tinkov after the demise of the Tinkoff team, revealing his personal disappointment at seeing the team he built and developed over 15 years disappear from the professional peloton. Riis suggested he and Tinkov fell out because the Russian businessman was envious of Riis' respect within the team and killed off the philosophy he had created within the team.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.