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Tinkov: It's time to put the toy back in the box

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Oleg Tinkov went for pink hair on the final stage

Oleg Tinkov went for pink hair on the final stage (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) tries an attack

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) tries an attack (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Chris Froome celebrates winning stage 5 at the Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome celebrates winning stage 5 at the Criterium du Dauphine (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Tinkoff owner Oleg Tinkov signed on today at the stage start

Tinkoff owner Oleg Tinkov signed on today at the stage start (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)

Oleg Tinkov has admitted he has mixed emotions about leaving the sport of cycling at the end of the year but that it is time for him to take the rational decision and wave goodbye.

Tinkov exclusively revealed to Cyclingnews in 2015 that he would leave the sport at the end of this season and his Tinkoff squad are set to close if they cannot find a sponsor for 2017. It’s expected that Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan – the team’s star riders – will move to Trek-Segafredo and Astana respectively for next year.

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Daniel Benson

 Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.