Menchov gunning for Tour de France overall

Katusha team jersey 2012

Katusha has opted for a two-prong attack at this year's Tour de France with Oscar Freire as well as Denis Menchov confirmed to lead the Russian squad.

Former six-time green jersey champion, Erik Zabel, who joined the outfit as a sports director this season, has not been included in a list of team staff for the June 30 to July 22 race.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.