'Cycling needs someone like Oleg Tinkov with a bit of personality. He will be missed'

Adam Blythe says cycling will miss Oleg Tinkov who is pulling his sponsorship from the sport

Adam Blythe already looks at home in Tinkoff kit, having moved to the Russian team from

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British road race champion Adam Blythe believes that Oleg Tinkov will be missed by cycling and that he backs some of the Russian's proposals to develop the sport.

Blythe will race for new Irish Pro-Continental team Aqua Blue for two years from 2017, having joined from Tinkoff who are folding due to the owner pulling his sponsorship from the sport after 11 years. It is estimated that he has invested €50m since 2006.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.