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Tinkov happy with polka dot jersey but wants more

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Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) continues to lead the mountains classification.

Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) continues to lead the mountains classification. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The new Saxo Bank Tinkoff team kit

The new Saxo Bank Tinkoff team kit (Image credit: Saxo Bank Sungard)
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Oleg Tinkov at the race village.

Oleg Tinkov at the race village. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

New Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank co-sponsor Oleg Tinkov is happy with Michael Mørkøv's stint in the mountain jersey at the 2012 Tour de France. But the Russian businessman and cyclist wants more.

“So far so good. There are 22 teams and there are few jerseys to be awarded,” he told sporten.dk. “We have one of them, and it is an important jersey. It is one of my favourites, I like it better than the green, though I myself was a sprinter.

“We get on the podium each day and get exposure in the media, it's not a bad start. But it is nothing more than what I expected. I am a businessman, I know what I do.”

Still, Tinkov hopes there will be more to come . “Of course I appreciate the mountain jersey, but I expect a stage win - or two. The squad is perhaps not the strongest team in the Tour de France this year, but it's not the worst. And when you are not riding for the GC, then you have a little easier to go after a stage win,” he said.

Impressed by Mørkøv's participation in escape groups in three consecutive stages, Tinkov tweeted that the Dane deserved a platinum credit card from the Tinkoff Bank. But now he has a better idea: “We will make a polka dot credit card to honour him!”