The Russian tweeted Vaughters about wine glasses and chucked in a little dig at the American team possibly losing its title sponsor.
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Vaughters had the last laugh, though – retorting that the Cannondale contract was signed until 2020 and revealing that he is close to revealing another sponsor for the team to replace Garmin, who left after the 2015 season.
Tinkov, meanwhile, is still planning to quit the sport at the end of 2016, claiming that the UCI and others in the business are not prepared to work with him to improve the business model of the sport that he has ploughed €60m of his own fortune into in recent years.
But the future looks brighter for Cannondale and Vaughters, who have enjoyed a pretty successful start to the 2016 season with a roster packed full of young talent.