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by Mark Zalewski
July 13, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes first career Tour de France stage win, Froome retains GC lead; Etixx-QuickStep owns Tour of Poland opener; After failed appeal, Australian women’s road cycling team for Rio finalised; Oleg Tinkov having second thoughts about quitting cycling; Contador to miss Rio Olympics after medical review, hoping to start Vuelta; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; BMC’s Bookwalter ‘relieved’ to reach first rest day of Tour de France; U.S. Government calls Lance Armstrong ‘a doper, dealer, and liar’ in court motion; A look inside Team Sky’s budget; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 6-9; Tour de France, stage 10 recap; Tour de France 2016: Batteries recharged; 11 bottles for Adam Hansen in less than 30 seconds. A new world record?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 2; Mini-team Sky on recovery
Although Oleg Tinkov has long stated that he will withdraw from cycling at the end of the 2016 season, the Russian is having second thoughts and has been considering remaining in the sport.
A source close to the team told CyclingTips on Tuesday morning in Andorra that Tinkov spoke to team staff members on the Tour’s rest day on Monday, asking them if they would be willing to do another year with the Tinkoff setup.
However the source has pointed out that many of the team’s top riders are already contracted elsewhere for 2017.
Reports in recent weeks have linked Peter Sagan to a possible move to Bora-Argon 18 and Alberto Contador to Trek-Segafredo. Those riders would in turn likely bring others with them, and possibly staff too.
Should Tinkov be serious in his intention to remain, he would need to bring on other big names to replace the departing stars. Earlier in the Tour he told Cyclingnews that he would consider staying in cycling if Peter Sagan won two more Tour stages.
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