Roman Kreuziger has expressed his hopes that his former boss Oleg Tinkov, who is now retire will one day return to professional cycling and oversee another team.
The professional has shown admiration for his former boss, describing him as a man with a good heart and full of creative ideas that will have positive impact in the future of cycling.
‘I liked how he treated people’ remarked Kreuziger who recently moved to Orica Scott rider.
Kreuziger had a dramatic time, highlighted by many ‘heavy discussions’ during the period he rode for Tinkov’s Russian team. However, speaking with Cycling News, the rider has admitted that, though there has been many heated discussions between him and Tinkov, he still have high regard for his former boss.
“Anyone can think what they want but I really liked him. We definitely had some discussions, some heavy and some light but every time you understand what he wants or what he needs,” Kreuziger recently disclosed.
A rumor had spread earlier on that the pair had a particularly ‘heated discussion’ while on the team bus, during this year’s Criterium du Dauphine. They had a slight disagreement over issues within the team. Consequently, Kreuziger rode for himself the following month in GC, 7’11, finishing tenth overall behind winner Chris Froome at the Tour de France.
Tinkov later pulled the plug on his team and Kreuziger has since moved to Orica Scott for 2017. In a recent interview, Kreuziger debunked claims of friction between him and his former boss, saying:
“He was open and never said anything behind my back. He was pretty clear and I liked how he treated people. I finished well with him and we had a good relationship.
“I think he had some ideas that would have changed cycling but I’m sure that he will come back because he really likes cycling.”