Oleg Tinkov: Sponsors should own cycling teams

Oleg Tinkov

Cycling is better off with sponsors owning the team, according to team Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov. He added that managers should not be balancing team direction with financial work.

"It's not the right model when you have the general manager looking for money 80% of the time and spending only 20% running the team," Tinkov told Cycling Weekly. "I believe the model of the owner of the team that pays the bills is much more proper."

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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.