Alberto Contador's overall ambitions are the focus of Tinkoff-Saxo, but the team says Peter Sagan will get the chance to go for stage wins

Alberto Contador has been provided a number of helpers in the mountains at the 2015 Tour de France, but Tinkoff-Saxo insist they will help Peter Sagan towards stage victories as well.

Contador is bidding to become the first cyclist since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro d’Italia/Tour de France double and can count on the likes of Ivan Basso and Roman Kreuziger to help him achieve his second Grand Tour win of the year.

Last year’s King of the Mountains Rafal Majka returns to the Tour and will also be on hand to support his team leader in the mountains.

Tinkoff-Saxo sports director Steven de Jongh says the team will help Sagan to stage victories when the situation allows, with Daniele Bennati an able lead-out man.

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With the average age of the squad standing at over 31 years, Tinkoff-Saxo have gone for both age and experience, with Michael Valgren (23), Sagan and Majka (both 25) the youngsters in the squad.

Tinkoff-Saxo squad for the Tour de France
Alberto Contador, Peter Sagan, Rafal Majka, Roman Kreuziger, Michael Rogers, Ivan Basso, Daniele Bennati, Michael Valgren and Matteo Tosatto

  • Timlewis

    I completely agree.. Cavendish really believed team sky we’re going to work for him and wiggins.. No chance.. It was all about publicity

  • Aurelio

    Sagan is in a similar situation as Cavendish in the 2012 Tour de France. The team is built to help Contador win the Tour and he will have less support for his own ambititions.