Article / 05 May 2015 at 9:20 GMT

#TradeLikeAPro – The heroes of the Giro Team / Saxo Bank
  • Tinkoff-Saxo's official Giro D'Italia squad unveiled
  • Alberto Contador in great shape
  • 3,482km of Italian road awaits

In just four short days, the 106th race for the pink jersey begins and team captain Alberto Contador eyes the first major goal of the season: the Giro d'Italia.

The Tinkoff-Saxo Team captain is supported by the likes of Roman Kreuziger and Ivan Basso as they descend on the 3,482km journey with the goal of claiming the overall win.


The official Tinkoff-Saxo squad for the 2015 Giro d'Italia.

The main goal is to obtain the best possible general classification result with Alberto. For the flat stages, we have big engines in Boaro, Tosatto and Chris Juul, while Paulinho, Rovny and also Boaro will be essential in the medium mountains. 

Our clear road captain is Rogers, who together with Kreuziger and Basso represent a very strong supporting trio in the mountains. "I’m convinced that we have a really strong squad around Alberto”, says sports director Steven de Jongh.

“We all know that a grand tour is long and a lot can happen over the course of three weeks. However, if Alberto stays safe and fresh, he can play a main role in the GC. Alberto and the boys had a really productive altitude camp on Teide, where Rovny and Kreuziger also went earlier. And following the Ardennes classics, I can see that Roman is in great form. I’m confident that the guys stand fully prepared on Saturday”, adds de Jongh.

 Ivan Basso is well-prepared ahead of the Giro start this Saturday. 

Ivan Basso, winner of the Giro in 2006 and 2010, comments on the coming race and his team's position: 

“My determination, drive and will are identical to when I was preparing for the Giro d’Italia as team leader, where my goal was to win it. The only difference is that now, all my energy will go to serve the team and our leader, Alberto. I feel in great shape. We have put a tremendous amount of work, we tried to take care of every single detail and we are convinced we will hit the starting line the way we planned”, says Basso.

“Alberto is in great form himself and the entire squad is in the best shape possible. I think the quality of work at the training camp was excellent, we rode a lot, we talked a lot and discussed at length our approach. Our leader is the world’s best rider and that fact gives confidence to the rest of the squad. The Giro is always difficult and there will never be an easy moment. The first days will be difficult including the team time trial. Then, after the fifth stage the climbs start and we will always have arduous days. Simply put, the Giro is always complicated”, Basso concludes.

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Wishing all the squad and all riders and managers good luck and good legs in the days to come!
The Team

Source:, Saxo Bank A/S

— Edited by Michael McKenna


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