Tinkoff's attempt to save Team Sky rejected by Brailsford
Joe Robinson 8 Feb 2019 Russian billionaire offered £20 million but wanted control of the team Russian billionaire and former Tinkoff team boss Oleg Tinkov offered Sir Dave Brailsford £20 million to save Team Sky but the offer was rejected, according to reports in the Spanish press. Following the announcement that British broadcaster Sky would no longer continue its lucrative sponsorship of the British WorldTour team, Spanish newspaper AS suggests that Tinkov contacted Brailsford offering him £20 million per year. It is also reported that the 51-year-old businessman stipulated that with the funds ultimately came control of the team. This is why AS believes Brailsford turned down the offer. Tinkov's relationship with professional cycling is well documented and brought as much controversy as it did success. He was one of the biggest sole financiers of the sports for four years as he sponsored the Tinkoff-Saxo and Tinkoff teams between 2012 ...
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