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Oleg Tinkov offers €1m to winner of 2015 Grand Tour showdown

Tinkov (right) wants the best riders to be involved in every Grand Tour. Credit: PA

The Russian businessman who owns one of cycling's largest professional teams has offered €1m to four riders if they compete in all three Grand Tours next year.

Oleg Tinkov bought Team Saxo-Tinkoff in 2013, and has offered the prize to Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana in a bid to get all four to take part in Giro D’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2015.

The €1m fee would either be split among all riders or handed out to whoever performs best across the three events.

Speaking to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said:

“It comes from my desire to see all the great champions in the three biggest races of the year.

“We spoke about it in August and then at the Vuelta a España we were able to take our idea to David Brailsford of Sky, Alexandre Vinokourov of Astana, for Froome and Nibali. Now, we need to talk to Movistar for Quintana.”


Wiggins storms to gold at world championships

Sir Bradley Wiggins rode brilliantly to dethrone German rival Tony Martin and win the gold medal in the Road World Championships individual time trial in Ponferrada, northern Spain.

Sir Bradley Wiggins on the road to gold in Spain. Credit: PA

Wiggins' exertions saw him collapse after he finished. When he recovered, the British rider dedicated the win to his family.


Wiggins hits the road in bid for gold

Sir Bradley Wiggins has just set off on his attempt to win the Road World Championships individual time trial in northern Spain.

Defending champion Tony Martin of Germany - Wiggins' only serious rival for gold - is the last man out of the gate, two minutes behind the British rider.

Wiggins targets world hour record

Sir Bradley Wiggins, who is going for gold in the world championships time trial in Spain later today, has revealed he will attempt to break the world hour record in 2015.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has a world record in his sights. Credit: PA

"I want to prepare for it properly," Wiggins told the BBC. "It will give me something to get out of bed for in the winter."

Wiggins said he was inspired by Jens Voigt, the 43-year-old German who broke the record last week.

Wiggins: No room for error

Sir Bradley Wiggins says he must ride a flawless time trial if he is to beat German rival Tony Martin to world championships gold in northern Spain.

"This year's course is a lot different to last year's, which was long and flat," Wiggins said.

"You have to think more on this course. There's no room for error.

"You need to have enough in the tank for the end. It's challenging, a true test of the time trial."

Wiggins (centre) competed for Sky in the team time trial on Sunday. Credit: PA

Wiggins goes for gold at 2.34pm (BST), two minutes ahead of final rider Martin. Essex-born rider Alex Dowsett, tipped for a top-ten finish, sets off at 2.18pm.

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