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

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.

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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