Saxo Bank-Tinkoff have named the team line-up that Alberto Contador hopes will help him to regain the Tour de France title in 2013.
The Spaniard won the 2007 and 2009 Tours but missed last year's race for a doping violation which saw him stripped of the 2010 title. He is among the favourites for the race, which begins in Corsica on June 29.
Contador's bid to win another yellow jersey will be supported by Australian Michael Rogers, a key figure in Sir Bradley Wiggins' Team Sky squad last year, and Irishman Nicolas Roche, son of the 1987 winner Stephen Roche.
Czech rider Roman Kreuziger, another formidable rider in his own right, also offers support, while Spanish duo Jesus Hernandez, Benjamin Noval, Portugal's Sergio Paulinho and Italian duo Matteo Tosatto and Daniele Bennati complete the nine-man squad.
Saxo Bank-Tinkoff's 2013 Tour de France line-up:
Daniele Bennati (Ita)
Alberto Contador (Spa)
Jesus Hernandez (Spa)
Roman Kreuziger (Cze)
Benjamin Noval (Spa)
Sergio Paulinho (Por)
Nicolas Roche (Irl)
Michael Rogers (Aus)
Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
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