Contador and Sagan head Tinkoff-Saxo's Tour de France squad

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

The 2015 Tinkoff-Saxo Training camp in Sicily
(Image credit: Watson)

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

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.