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by Matt de Neef
June 6, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alberto Contador wins tough Dauphine prologue; Megan Guarnier victorious in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic; Maurits Lammertink crowned Tour de Luxembourg winner; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan; Tour de Korea opener won by Jon Aberasturi; Keagan Girdlestone in a critical condition after collision with team car; Tinkov – BMC and Katusha could soon shut up shop; Dumoulin and Martin on the Dauphine uphill prologue; The Mt. Fuji stage of the Tour of Japan; Adam Phelan Weekly: Training in Girona.
In an interview with Danish broadcaster TV2 last week, Oleg Tinkov suggested that several teams, not just his own Tinkoff squad, could be shutting up shop at the end of this season.
“I have not tried to sell [the Tinkoff team] — what does that mean to sell in cycling? Teams collapse, like my team, and I’m sure there will soon be more that collapse,” Tinkoff said. “The business model in cycling is wrong. I am sure that BMC and Katusha will close their doors soon.
“The sport is in a huge crisis, but if the ASO does not agree to share with the teams of the TV rights as in Formula 1, things will never change,” he said. “It may change the sport, but until that happens, we have scandal after scandal, and collapse after collapse. I do not see any future for the sport with this model.”
But the Russian has no regrets: “I’ve never regretted a single penny I spent. I have spent many millions and hours of cycling, and I have no regrets. I’ve enjoyed it.”
Click through to read more at TV2.