Flamboyant Tinkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov has suggested his team might boycott next year's Grand Boucle if ructions between Tour owner ASO and the sport's governing body over calendar reforms continue to escalate.
"I obviously understand that ASO is powerful because it has the Tour de France but I believe that the teams have more power, especially when they come together like with Velon. If the teams decide to come up with an ultimatum and not go to the Tour, what is ASO going to do? They can't do anything," Tinkoff wrote in a lengthy blog for Cyclingnews.
"I'm ready to boycott the 2016 Tour de France to make them understand that things have to change. It's not such a big deal."
It remains unclear whether Tinkoff-Saxo would boycott the Tour as a solo protest or only if other teams also chose to miss the race.