Oleg Tinkov and Bjarne Riis in war of words over the way Tinkoff team was run

As the Tinkoff team comes to an end, Bjarne Riis and Oleg Tinkov continue to disagree over the way the squad was run

Oleg Tinkov and Bjarne Riis at Tinkoff-Saxo Bank Cycling Team 2014

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Oleg Tinkov and the former owner of the Tinkoff team, Bjarne Riis, have been involved in a public spat over the running of the squad and its subsequent demise at the end of the 2016 season.

Dane Riis sold the team to Tinkov in December 2013, originally staying on as general manager before the leaving the squad by 'mutual agreement' in March 2015 after the two allegedly had an argument at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.