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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.”

Vincenzo Nibali crowned Tour de France champion

Italian Vincenzo Nibali has won the 2014 Tour de France after enjoying a safe passage to Paris in the ceremonial final stage.

Germany's Marcel Kittel won the sprint finish on the Champs Elysees to take the race's 21st stage while Nibali came home safely with the main body of riders to complete his overall victory.

Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali has inherited Chris Froome's Tour de France title after the British rider crashed out of the race in its first week. Credit: Sirotti/PA Images


Cyclist shows effects of gruelling Tour de France

These pictures posted by Polish Tour de France competitor Bartosz Huzarski after the 18th stage show just how gruelling the competition is.

Bartosz Huzarski posted this picture of his legs after the 18th stage. Credit: Facebook

The photograph on his Facebook page sparked shocked reactions on social media claiming his legs were "unhealthy" and "unnatural."

But the 33-year-old wrote on his Facebook page it was normal for him and joked he "would never have legs like a Victoria's Secret model."

He said: "I did not expect that picture of my legs would cause the confusion it did.

Bartosz Huzarski during the Tour de France. Credit: PA

“For me it’s totally not a revelation, because I can see this view - maybe not everyday – but still often, especially after a hard race at high temperature.

“People write and think different things, “that is impossible”, “that is not normal”, “it is unhealthy”, refer to doping, etc.

"Of course I will not have legs like models Victoria's Secret, or Ms.Mary from a nearby vegetable shop, or anyone who spending in the office half a day and 3 times a week will do 10 km bike or goes to an hour run."

Chris Froome: 'Time for R & R' after double fracture

Cyclist Chris Froome has tweeted that it is "time for some R & R" after an MRI scan revealed he had fractured both his left wrist and his right hand.

Last year's Tour de France winner sustained the injury when he fell during this year's race.

He decided to withdraw from this year's Tour after falling on three separate occasions.

Chris Froome crashes out of the Tour de France

Britain's summer of sport has suffered another big set back as former Tour de France champion Chris Froome crashed out of the competition.

Froome pulled out of the competition his third crash in two days on stage five of the race.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports from northern France:

Chris Boardman: Crashes are 'just part of cycling'

Former Olympic medalist and Tour de France cyclist Chris Boardman says the crashes that led Chris Froome to withdraw from this year's tour are "just part of cycling".

Chris Froome has withdrawn from the Tour de France after three crashes. Credit: ERIC LALMAND/Belga/Press Association Images

Boardman told ITV News:

"To be honest it's just part of cycling. Crashes happen and when we get weather conditions like that it happens a lot and it's just part of the cyclists pushing themselves to the absolute limit.

"Fortunately in cycling injuries are few and far between. For poor Chris Froome, three crashes in a row and it's just too much."


Chris Froome 'devastated' over Tour de France exit

Defending champion Chris Froome said he is devastated he has had to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France.

He crashed out on stage five today and told his Twitter followers that his wrist injury and tough conditions "made controlling my bike near to impossible".

Palace send-off as Tour de France heads home

The Tour de France has bid au revoir to Britain with a grandstand finish in front of Buckingham Palace.

The last of the three English stages ended with the same winner as Saturday's opener in Yorkshire, with Giant-Shimano's German sprinter Marcel Kittel first to the line on the Mall.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:

Tour de France director: 'UK Crowds are unbelievable'

The director of the Tour de France said that holding the race stages in Britain had been "beyond our wildest expectations."

Christian Prudhomme said: "It was perfect. It was unbelievable," adding that huge crowds had lined the streets on the 30 km (18 miles) of road that the race took through Greater London.

He added the Tour de France would definitely come back to Britain at some stage.

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