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by Mark Zalewski
June 30, 2016
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The Tinkoff team announced its Tour de France roster with little surprises. Alberto Contador will vie for his third Tour de France title while Peter Sagan will battle for stage wins and another green jersey.
“We come to the Tour with a very balanced team built around Alberto and Peter as our leaders,” said sport director Steven De Jongh. “With Peter we can go for stage wins on the days that suit him, and then Alberto of course is targeting the GC – that’s our main overall goal.”
This will be the final Tour de France for the team as owner Oleg Tinkov has announced he is ending the programme after this season.
“This will be a very important Tour de France for all of us,” said Contador. “It will be the Tour in which we would like to show Oleg Tinkov our gratitude for his support all these years.”
“I’m exceptionally motivated for this race and we have been working throughout the year thinking about the Tour de France. Hopefully, everything will play out the way we want.”