Oleg Tinkov should use his €1m to start an amateur team, says Vincenzo Nibali

Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali gives his response to Oleg Tinkov's offer of €1m to try and get the top riders to take part in all three Grand Tours

Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Oleg Tinkov's €1m Grand Tour challenge has gained attention and drawn responses from the top riders and teams regarding the feat of riding all of the three-week stage races in 2015.

"If I was Oleg Tinkov," Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali wrote in Twitter, "I'd use the million euro to create amateur teams for a good future."

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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.