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.
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