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by Mark Zalewski
January 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Leopold König explains his path from Sky domestique to Giro d’Italia contender; Brailsford critcised UKAD chairman for speaking about investigation; Contador says he is happy to be finished with Oleg Tinkov; Velocite company owner alleges patent infringement by Pinarello; Niels Albert criticises elder van der Poel for working on world champs course construction; Athletes blast UCI for short notice on world championships; USA Cycling names cyclocross World Championships team; Christoph Strasser’s Australian record-breaking adventure starts in Perth today; British All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group seeking cyclists involved in traffic incidents; Stephen Hyde on the lead-up to nationals; Euro-cross recap video; Farmer drops pro triathletes like a boss; Fat Bike caught on electric fence.
Alberto Contador, now with Trek-Segafredo, recently spoke about his time on the recently-disbanded Tinkoff team and its owner Oleg Tinkov, saying that he has no regrets but also is happy to move to a new team because of Tinkov. Talking about Trek-Segafredo, Contador said it is a team he has “liked from the beginning.”
“I have new challenges ahead now. I will not waste energy on [Tinkov]. He doesn’t do anything for me. He has a lot of money, but doesn’t know how to manage it,” he told Spanish radio Cadena SER.
Tinkov was always a polarising figure, both within his teams and throughout all of cycling. He criticised both Contador and Peter Sagan, saying about the latter that he was overpaid. He was also very outspoken via Twitter, posting many controversial comments.
In mid-2016 he announced he would be shuttering the team at the end of the year, leaving riders and staff scrambling for new employment.
“The words of Tinkov do not affect me. I have no affection for him.”
Click through to read more at Cadena SER.