Contador headlines Saxo-Tinkoff's Tour team

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Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Sirotti)

Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador will be supported by Michael Rogers, Roman Kreuziger and Nicolas Roche as he bids for a third Tour de France title.

The Danish based team will head into the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday 29th of June in Corsica, without a single native rider.

"On a personal level it has been a tough decision for me to not have a Danish rider in the lineup," team owner Bjarne Riis of Denmark said in a statement.

"But we have committed ourselves to go with the group we believe has the best composition to achieve our overall goal."

However, Contador, who missed last year's race because he was suspended for doping in the previous edition, will be well supported by a strong selection of experienced Grand Tour riders.

Australian Rogers was Team Sky's road captain when Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour last year, while solid climbers Kreuziger and Roche have put aside personal ambition to help Contador clinch a third Tour title.

Contador can also rely on long-term domestiques Jesus Hernandez, Benjamin Noval and Sergio Paulinho in a nine-man squad completed with Italians Matteo Tosatto and Daniele Bennati.

"I think we have found a great mix of in-form riders," said Riis. "We have a group of strong climbers in the team, we have riders designated to take care of Alberto on the flat roads and in the wind, and I'm sure we will perform well in the TTT (team time trial) as well."

"At the same time, this team will allow us to ride aggressively or take a more controlling approach in all terrains depending on our needs. At the end of the day, this versatility will be a key component in trying to win the race."

Riis left out Danes Nicki Sorensen, Chris Anker Sorensen and Michael Morkov, who are reserves for the race.

Saxo-Tinkoff for the 2013 Tour de France: Michael Rogers (AUS), Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Daniele Bennati (ITA), Sergio Paulinho (POR), Alberto Contador (ESP), Jesus Hernandez (ESP), Benjamin Noval (ESP).

SBS will broadcast all stages of the Tour de France live.

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