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by Mark Zalewski
July 11, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin wins summit finish in Andorra, Froome defends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: a last-minute stage win for Rabo-Liv and Megan Guarnier wins the Giro Rosa!; Jan Hirt wins Tour of Austria; Nikolay Mihaylov wins Sibiu Cycling Tour; Citing fever, Alberto Contador abandons 2016 Tour de France in Pyrenees; Tactical error? BMC Racing loses out to Froome on Tour’s first big mountain stage; Dan Martin feeling ‘great’ as Tour de France heads for familiar roads; Froome defends action against fan; Commentary: Why Chris Froome was right to punch that spectator; Tinkov, in TV interview: Valverde is jealous of Contador, Europeans don’t know how to do business; New Zealand names final Olympic cycling team; Why Andorra is becoming one of Europe’s most popular pro cycling bases; Tour de France, stage 9 recap; Tour de France, stage 8 on-board highlights; Tour de France, stage 7 on-board highlights; POV footage of Adam Yates crash into 1km inflatable; Orica-BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 7; 6-year-old tries Froome’s aero-tuck
In a candid interview with NBC Sports on Thursday, following Stage 6 of the Tour de France, Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov shared his views on a variety of topics that included Peter Sagan’s run in the maillot jaune, the reason Movistar upped the pace on the final climb of Col de Font De Cère into Le Lioran on Stage 5 and what he sees as the failed business model of professional cycling.
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Speaking with NBC commentators Paul Burmeister, Bob Roll, and Christian Vande Velde, the 48-year-old Russian billionaire said that Movistar deliberately attacked on Col de Font De Cère to take advantage of Alberto Contador’s injuries. “[Valverde] is jealous. He did it specifically,” Tinkov said.
He also said that ASO, rather than the UCI, should run professional cycling, and that an American business model was needed to save the sport, as Europeans, “don’t know how to do business.”
Over a 12-minute interview Tinkov said a lot, really. Rather than try to summarize, we present you a transcription of his NBC interview.
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