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Tour de France: Tinkov wants to start a cycling revolution

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Sagan, Tinkov and Contador

Sagan, Tinkov and Contador (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Oleg tinkov rides in the heat on Monday.

Oleg tinkov rides in the heat on Monday. (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Oleg Tinkov clowns during the press conference.

Oleg Tinkov clowns during the press conference. (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Oleg Tinkov speaks during the Tinkoff-Saxo press conference.

Oleg Tinkov speaks during the Tinkoff-Saxo press conference. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Oleg Tinkov out for a spin at the Tour de France

Oleg Tinkov out for a spin at the Tour de France (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Stefano Feltrin paces Tinkoff-Saxo team boss Oleg Tinkov as they ride in France on Monday.

Stefano Feltrin paces Tinkoff-Saxo team boss Oleg Tinkov as they ride in France on Monday. (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)

Oleg Tinkov sat quietly alongside Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan during the Tinkoff-Saxo outdoor press conference in Gap on the second rest day, preferring to let his riders face questions about the Tour de France.

The often outspoken Russian businessman confirmed he was happy with Peter Sagan’s performance in the Tour de France and his dominance of the green points jersey, despite not yet winning a stage. Tinkov only hogged the microphone near the end, when asked his opinion on the quality of the hotel the team was staying in Gap. It is unclear if Tinkov stayed with his riders in the Best Western or if he opted for a more luxurious hotel in the Alps.

“This is not the conditions the riders deserve. It’s not acceptable for such a big event. They race under the sun for six hours and for example Peter Sagan was the break for three consecutive days,” Tinkov said, wearing a yellow T-shirt like everyone in his team, in a sign of support for Ivan Basso, who recently underwent surgery for testicular cancer.