The team owner took to Twitter to express his displeasure at another race vehicle incident, and hinted that he could pull his team from all ASO races

Tinkoff-Saxo’s owner Oleg Tinkov has taken to twitter to voice his anger at another of his riders being injured by a race motorbike, and has stated that as a result his team could refuse to line up in any Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) races.

The French company organises many WorldTour events, most notably the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España (through its subsidiary, Unipublic).

The first incident occurred on stage eight when Peter Sagan was knocked off by a motorbike, injured and then fined by the UCI for his reaction to being taken out. What’s more, it was on a stage where he would have been many people’s pick for the win.

Following the episode, and Sagan’s withdrawal from the race due to the injuries he suffered, the Russian team sent an open letter to Unipublic and the UCI stating five demands. Choicest among them was the request for a charitable donation in lieu of the prize money they expected to receive when, as they believe, Sagan would have won the overall green jersey competition.

On the day the letter went public, Sergio Paulinho was also forced out of the Vuelta after a collision with a motorbike on stage 11. The second incident only added to the team’s argument and further fuelled Tinkov’s conspiracy theories as to who might be behind these occurrences.

Tinkoff-Saxo is a WorldTour team, and as such is obliged to take part in all races of that rank – regardless of the organiser. Whatever happens, Oleg’s collision path with the UCI seems firmly set for the foreseeable future.

  • ed

    My replies with a link are getting stuck in moderation. But he called Obama a monkey on Twitter. If you google “Tinkov racism” there’s a good VeloNews article on it.

    That it was a racist comment is very clear cut with no room for equivocation. He should not be welcome in the sport until this is addressed.

  • Chris

    If you want to discredit anybody these days, you accuse them of racism. What evidence do you have to back up your accusation? If you feel so strongly about it, shouldn’t you take it to court? If not, Mund zu!

  • J1

    You’ll lose a lot if you try to reduce numbers of vehicles, there’s that many for a reason.

  • ed

    Has Tinkov apoligised for, or acknowledged, his racism yet?

  • RobTM

    Boycott the TdF & Vuelta?? I’m sure that’ll make most world tour team sponsers happy.
    Wasn’t so long ago, Oleg wanted all the top GC contenders to take part in EVERY grand tour in a season.

    Oleg’s right to press for safer camera & service bike riding, they’re buzzing the riders close; I just think Oleg’s making a strategic error threatening a boycott, rather than seeking a consensus with other team managers

  • Kevino Daviessss

    Like or loathe Tinkov ,he has a point, does it take a rider to be killed? there needs to be a limit on vehicles in the Peleton, too many incidents of collisions between support cars or motorbikes in the past 18 months.

    Damage to his riders, lost team money, sponsorship should be taken into,account, I would suspect most vehicles aren’t even insured to take part in sporting events?