Rumours of discontent surrounding Peter Sagan were rife at the Tour de France, who, despite winning a fourth consecutive green jersey, was said to be less than happy with a lack of support on stages suited to his abilities.

However, with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reporting Classics veteran Filippo Pozzato has signed for Tinkoff-Saxo in 2016 - the headline 'Pozzato is foreman of Peter Sagan' - to specifically to help the precocious 25-year-old Slovak, it appears team owner Oleg Tinkov has found a way to keep Sagan sated.

"Why Tinkoff? He'd like to help Sagan, who he sees as a huge star in the northern classics." - Filippo Pozzato's agent, Alex Carrara

On the third to last stage to La Toussuire, journalist Lionel Birnie asked Tinkov if Sagan's future lay with the team. "Yeah, definitely - he will be with us. He is the most valuable rider in the sport," said the Russian billionaire. "And I think he does a lot of promotion - not only for Tinkoff-Saxo, but also for cycling in general. For me, it's a pleasure to have such a rider.

"Right now, we are talking with different teams, including Tinkoff, but no decision is made yet," Alex Carrara, Pozzato's agent, told VeloNews. "Why Tinkoff? He'd like to help Sagan, who he sees as a huge star in the northern classics."

Doubtless, Sagan will be hoping that whoever supports him at next year's Tour, he can turn the five second places, two thirds, two fourths and one fifth place he earned this July into a stage win.