TdF News: Tinkoff Saxo team announced


Tinkoff-Saxo has announced the eight riders that will support Alberto Contador’s quest to win the 2015 Tour de France and do the Giro/Tour double

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TdF News: Tinkoff Saxo team announced

Tinkoff-Saxo has selected the nine riders that will represent the team at the 2015 Tour de France. Team captain Alberto Contador leads a star-studded squad of proven riders in an attempt to win the sports biggest race and complete the daunting Giro-Tour double.

Stage 11. Contador

Tinkoff-Saxo’s selection for Tour de France 2015 consists of
Alberto Contador
Peter Sagan
Rafal Majka
Roman Kreuziger
Michael Rogers
Ivan Basso
Daniele Bennati
Michael Valgren
Matteo Tosatto

Elaborating on the composition of the squad, Steven de Jongh, Head Sports Director of Tinkoff-Saxo, tells that the team will field a strong squad capable of supporting Alberto Contador in the difficult attempt to fight for the overall win.

“It’s pretty obvious that our chief goal is to win the Tour with Alberto. We have our full attention on pulling on the yellow jersey in Paris and we are well aware of the fact that it will be a formidable challenge against many strong rivals. Additionally, we will support Peter Sagan to win stages, whenever it’s possible and that depends on the situation on each stage”, says Steven de Jongh and adds:


“Looking at the list of riders that will represent our team, I reckon that we will field a very strong squad and most importantly versatile, as the Tour will present us all with an array of different challenges. Alberto is our captain and Rafal Majka will be his key support in the high mountains, while Kreuziger, Rogers and Basso will offer experience and strong backing in the medium mountains. Then we have a lot of horsepower in Bennati, Tosatto and Valgren for the flatter stages and they will also be able to help Peter in the search for stage wins”.

Rafal Majka, last year’s winner of the polka dotted jersey, is expected to play a key role in supporting the team ambitions. “Here, just before the Tour de France, I feel very good. I`m now well rested after the Tour de Suisse and ready to begin. The Grand Boucle is the most important race for Tinkoff-Saxo in the entire season and my main goal will be to help Alberto Contador in achieving the overall win. I believe we can do it and Alberto can win two Grand Tours in one year”, says Rafal Majka.

Peter Sagan, green jersey winner of the last three editions, equally declares himself ready for the Tour after a great build-up that culminated with yet another national championship title.
“The Slovak Champion title makes me happy and confirms that I am in great form. I am ready for the Tour where we have a very strong squad. I will contribute to the effort with the highest commitment and I really look forward to Saturday’s start.”


Despite fielding seven-time grand tour winner Alberto Contador, Steven de Jongh notes that Tinkoff-Saxo will not be favorites to take the win. “After Alberto conquered the Giro, he spent time in Livigno resting and training and he showed good signs at Route du Sud followed by some days of concentrated training and then a short period of rest before the start in Utrecht. We know how much class Alberto has, but we don’t enter the Tour as the main favorites”.

“His form will, despite a very meticulous effort, be a question mark compared to the form of Froome, Nibali and Quintana”, comments de Jongh, who remains assured that not only the mountains will prove decisive: “We’ve been studying the parcours closely and there are many stages, where you can’t win the Tour but you can lose it. The flat stages of the first week with possible crosswinds, steep finishes such as Mur du Huy and cobbles will make for a tough start to the race”.

“So we took the decision to bring one more guy for the flat stages in exchange for a climber. In the end, what matters the most is that we send a committed squad that comes fully prepared to support Alberto”, finishes Steven de Jongh.


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