Tinkoff-Saxo launched it 2014 team on Tuesday on Gran Canaria, and reaffirmed Alberto Contador’s aim of winning the Tour de France in July.
Perhaps in advance of Contador winning the Tour’s coveted yellow jersey, Tinkoff-Saxo’s 2014 kit has taken on a very yellow theme now that Oleg Tinkov’s bank has taken over as lead sponsor. The squad’s Specialized bikes will also carry across the new yellow and blue artwork.
“The atmosphere in the team is fantastic,” Contador said via a team press release. “We’re a very close group. Everyone’s clear what the main objectives are and we’re all heading in the same direction.”
Those objectives for Contador are to claim his sixth Grand Tour title at the Tour de France, and then take a stab at winning the Vuelta a Espana.
Irishman Nicolas Roche will head up Tinkoff-Saxo’s first Grand Tour outing of the season – the Giro d’Italia, which kicks off in Ireland.
“I’m looking to hit peak form for the Giro,” said Roche. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere in Belfast and Dublin. The number of Irish supporting me at the Tour is incredible and I can’t wait to experience even greater support in Ireland.”
Tinkoff-Saxo are in action in the opening WorldTour race of the 2104 season, the Tour Down Under in Australia, starting on Tuesday, January 21.
Tinkoff-Saxo team launch on Gran Canaria
Tinkoff-Saxo 2014 roster
Bruno Da Silva Pires
Chris Anker Sørensen