Tinnkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov says 'sorry' for saying Chris Froome should have been 'ashamed' of his Vuelta a España performance

Outspoken Tinkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov has apologised to Chris Froome on Twitter after saying on Wednesday that the Tour de France winner should be ‘ashamed’ of his performance during stage 11 of the Vuelta a España.

The Russian businessman’s apology came after Froome announced his withdrawal from the Vuelta due to fracturing a bone in his foot as a result of a crash near the start of the stage.

“Sorry Chris @chrisfroome for my tweets about your ride y-day, sure i didn’t know you broken the foot. Good recovery and see you at TDF16 soon,” said Tinkov on Thursday morning.

Although Froome finished the stage, he was visibly struggling and lost over seven minutes to his overall rivals, leading Tinkov to tweet during the race:

“Hope now critics of @albertocontador will shut up. @chrisfroome just showed what it means to do 2 Grand Tour consecutively and Alberto hasn’t be so ashamed as Chris today, Alberto has been fighting till Paris. This guy is gone. Shame on you @SkyProCycling.”

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Contador had won the Giro d’Italia in May and attempted the Giro-Tour double, but faded during the Tour in July as Froome took the victory.

Tinkov’s Twitter ire was also directed at Vuelta organiser Unipublic during Wednesday’s stage as a second rider from the Tinkoff team was forced to withdraw as a direct result of injury caused by a collision with a race motorcycle.

Tinkov suggested that his team should withdraw from the race in protest, but on Thursday morning before the start of stage 12 it was still unclear whether the squad would follow the suggestion.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    So do I and I think Contador has been riding clean but the jury is out about SKY and their main rider.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Perhaps not but it can buy and run a racing team and he has a very good point to make whether you agree or not..

  • ummm…

    We don’t like Oleg – he is sexist. I get it. The use of the word girly itself is not sexist. Yes?

  • muhua33

    Is this article about victimhood or about Oleg’s comments? So it is obvious that 1) you are not familiar with his previous comments ( his comment that women shouldn’t race was after his room comment when a female racer said she didn’t appreciate his comment) and 2) you are taking everything I say out of context because you have no idea of Oleg’s past comments. you are the one that have dealt in abstractions ignoring the pattern of Oleg’s comments and even if your last post continue to defend after I gave examples of his past comments. oh well whatever it’s a waste of time.

  • ummm…

    We messed it all up. I’m not even sure if you are responding to my lengthy post below, or if you even read it. It is frustrating isn’t it? Anyhow, let me try to respond to the recent post. You said that he was being sexist. You got that from him using the word girly, as you believe it is sexist. I pointed out that the word itself doesn’t pass that test. There are many colloquilisms or sayings that may be offensive. What great harm does the word cause, and what social ill does its eradication cure? Is it really as pressing as you make it appear? As far as Oleg goes, and his use of it. I’m inclined to say that this alone doesn’t show that he is sexist. But, I think we all can assume that his age, culture, past utterances or practices may show that he is a sexist or racist. I’m not debating that. I’m debating the fainting couch victimhood brand of feminism that you are pushing (by condemning the world girly) is a step to far. I think our language use is indicative of certain cultural dynamics. But, I can think of a few more harmful words or childish insults. Is the linguistic mechanism itself perpetrating oppression. Are you aware of 4th wave feminism. Egalitarian feminism, intersectional feminism? These sorts of feminisms do not necessarily see every utterance as indicative of a patriarchy. If I had a transcript of your every utterance today I’m sure I could pick it apart and find some offense. It is just too easy. Say whatever you want about Oleg. However, don’t practice such a ridiculous form of language policing. I merely commented that you had thin skin, as not only did you assume girly was harmfully sexist, in the context it was uttered, but it also condemned womans cycling via the UCIs silence – and the silence of the press to the horrid injustice. It just so “yelling fire in a crowded theatre” Next time just say Oleg is a creep, if thats how you feel, and leave the gender studies to…..anybody reasonable.

  • muhua33

    And no one is trying to outlaw the word girly, just be respectful enough to not use gender, race, etc as an insult.

  • muhua33

    i don’t know you and am not trying to make it about you, but I am approaching this from a linguistic (not feminist) point of view that our language choices do reveal things about our thinking that is why it is important. It’s about being respectful.

  • muhua33

    Or how about last year how he said that a women’s team should be full of women with long legs and that they should be sl*ts? I don’t understand why you have defended him and I am not sure you even know what he has said. My comment was only about Oleg,

  • muhua33

    The fact is Oleg continuously makes racist and sexist remarks on twitter, at some point the UCI will have to address it, one way or the other. i just find it odd that you have from the start assumed that i was offended or upset about it (re you comment settle down) instead of taking the time to understand that these types of comments are a pattern for him, including that women shouldn’t race.

  • muhua33

    The UCI cannot on one hand say it supports and wants to grow women’s cycling and then stand by and let team owners make such ridiculous remarks. I was not offended by his remarks but felt they needed to be addressed. And maybe it’s just the cycling weekly readers that don’t care because this is being talked about on other cycling outlets.

  • muhua33

    I didn’t say women were victims. My original point was the obvious sexist language by using ‘girl’ as derogatory and remarks that he has made over time should be addressed by the sport. Your reply was that I needed to have thicker skin. (which by the way could also be ad hominem being your are avoiding the real issue by implying that I am overly sensitive so my argument is invalid which you continue into your last post)

  • muhua33

    i didn’t saw anything awful and just so you can see it i’ll break it down into smaller chunks so you can see it now.

  • ummm…

    ok sure. remember – “girly” is the hammer of oppression. I’ll spread the news.

  • ummm…

    Maybe it was moderated. You must have said something really awful. You would do that tho. Would you?

  • muhua33

    I said unless you’re into that which implied that if you are feel free to do what you like, please don’t twist my words. you consistently avoiding the real issue in some sad attempt to feel right. This is my last response since my longer responses are not posting.

  • ummm…

    no i dont. But your turn of wit a few comments up makes you seem a bit antagonistic towards homosexuals. I think you assumed that by insinuating my homosexuality you’d achieve some sort of victory. It just goes to show how careless you are urself. Protect the ladies, scorn the homosexuals, is that the modus operandi?

  • muhua33

    and I wrote a response last night that for some reason isn’t showing up.

  • muhua33

    no that is you assuming that using homosexuality is a slur,

  • ummm…

    Strange that u sling mud at homosexuality by implying I am one…..

  • ummm…

    Women are not victims nor are they unable to exercise their own agency and will. Cede the way for them to do so themselves

  • ummm…

    No, the issue isn’t Oleg now. The issue is me obviously. I understand the concept of micro aggressions, trigger warnings, safe spaces etc. I’m all very sympathetic to all such ideas as I’m what could be considered a marginal person. Mixed race, lower middle class, urban, public university educated, left leaning. But the BS has to stop at some point. We cannot demand that the world conforms to how sensitive we see everything. In fact in this case the libs are wrong. Not every utterance is a terminal blow to our sense of self and well being nor is an excuse for failure. Look at the works of some intersectional feminists or egalitarian feminists. Erin pizzey, Christina hoff sommers are some that you may or may not know. There are many others in academia in all political groups that find your idea of feminism not only harmful but very insulting. This idea of feminism that you have is dying because it has over extended itself. A calibration is happening and I’ll assume that ur strident and caring defense of women via outlawing the word “girly” will seem silly to u in years to come.

  • Svetionicar

    Just one question – if Oleg haven’t money, how many of us will read his posts?
    Don’t let his money talk to rule.

    Ignore.
    Just ignore.

  • ed

    Has he apologised for calling Obama a monkey yet?

  • Emil D Ram

    138km with a broken foot,no way.

  • muhua33

    Then you haven’t read Oleg’s other comments and you don’t understand the concept of micro aggressions and how small phrases like that do matter. Sorry you don’t see that because it does reflect your world view of women.

  • ummm…

    Settle down. I didn’t assume man or woman. The ad hominem attack angle is not clever nor applicable. There are many colloquialisms in the language. I also wouldn’t give his language to much weight. If I choose to say “girly” to a guy friend it doesn’t necessarily imply some larger gendered world view. This was also not an attack on female cyclist by myself, and I’m guessing Oleg too – but the issue is not him right now. You seem to be calling my lack of offense by his words imply that I hate women. It’s fine, use ur energy to tackle such an INJUSTICE! I have thick skin. You seem to be easily offended.

  • FPCyclist

    Another show of class by C. Froome. What a cyclist! As for Tinky….why don’t you climb on a bike and give Stage 11 a try before inserting foot into mouth? So tired of this lout.

  • muhua33

    wow, really? oh wait, i get it, you’re fantasizing that I’m some distraught female on the verge of tears well put it back in your pants, i’m a guy (unless you are into that) and regardless of how thick my skin is what he said was sexist and demeaning to all women and specifically women riders/racers. Oleg has a history of sexist and racist (calling Obama a monkey) comments, none of which are being talked by the cycling press, UCI, or fans. I guess that says as much about the sport of cycling as it does about Oleg.

  • ummm…

    hm interesting. Didn’t see that. Maybe he got an “emergency” TUE. lol.

  • ummm…

    maybe both!

  • Paul Jakma

    The TV showed Chris taking something small into his hand from the team car and downing whatever it was after his crash – I presumed pain killers at the time.

  • Ruskiny

    Thick heads.

  • Ruskiny

    Yeah He sure is a big man. Words words words. BS BS BS.

  • Ruskiny

    No, thicker head.

  • Juan Camacho

    Not a lot of “think” in Tinkov

  • ummm…

    yes, that is a good point. thanks for pointing it out. But what this “man” enough stuff? Women can and should apologize when wrong. I’m just teasing a bit; There seems to be a lot of people in the thread upset about his “girly” comment.

  • ummm…

    yes, thicker skin.

  • ummm…

    you may be correct. If only because it is hard to make a cogent point (for me) with the limited number of characters taht you get.

  • ummm…

    Because the big rivalry is between chris and contador. I like Contador a bit more, but I think Chris has gotten the better in recent years – if we are going on wins.

  • ummm…

    get thicker skin.

  • ummm…

    eating crow isn’t the worst thing in the world. In some situations being bold may be justified. Finding out said boldness was off, and apologizing also shows character. I’m sure you haven’t exhaustively researched your every utterance.

  • ummm…

    He was able to finish because of the pain killers he took in the morning before the start of the stage……….settle down boys, I’m joking. I also have no proof, yet.

  • Linda

    Oleg need’s to get the fact’s before shouting his mouth off. That said at least he is man enough to apologise

  • Nic Lowe

    Mr. Tinkov has probably never heard anyone tell him ‘no’. He is a minor spoiled brat who thinks he’s in the big league and he embarrasses himself and Russians everywhere whenever he speaks.

  • Jon

    I suppose when it comes to money, a mouth and a brain, two out of three ain’t bad.

  • Ruskiny

    What a sportsman.

  • Ruskiny

    “those like a girl”. New to watching cycling bit sounds like other sports sexist dinosaurs must have their say. There have been some pretty gutsy “girls” e.g it was said “Hoover sent the army, Roosevelt sent His wife”.

  • Roger

    Twatter’s existence depends on people not engaging their brains.

  • Brendan Power

    Perhaps he should remember the old adage “Engage brain before opening mouth (or tweeting!)”. It’s also said that money can’t buy class; and he’s just proved it.

  • Ambientereal

    Why didn´t he said about the celebrated Nairo? Everyone said during TDF that Nairo was better than Froome and was only beaten by Chris because some kind of dopping? Nairo also stayed back but without any injury.

  • muhua33

    And what the sexist nature of his comment? Why doesn’t the male dominated cycling press call him out for that as well?

  • Pam Raines

    If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all ! Would have saved him from eating crow now

  • Attention2Detail

    Wow is all I have to say for Froome. Finishing that stage with a fractured bone in his foot is just wow.

  • RobTM

    Sounding off in social media about boycott, is unlikely to be the most
    effective protest. It’s NOT just the Vuelta that’s had riders taken
    down by motos.
    At least he said sorry to Froome, considering
    navicular fracture leads to extreme foot pain, how the heck Froome did 6
    serious climbs

  • Namothy

    Tinkov should just fuckov™.

  • Michael Whitworth

    He is a loud mouth, but his protests about the motorcycles running down bicyclists who are racing are spot on. The international body should shut down this race for a couple of years until they can assure the riders safety from out of control motorcycles that are allowed on the course.

  • Andy

    Perhaps he should concentrate on his own team, I’m just thankful he doesn’t run the grand tours #farce!