Team profile: Tinkoff-Saxo

Nationality: Russian

Track record: Few teams can hold a candle to the team's success over the years, in its various guises. Two overall wins, three other podium places, 20 stage wins and 36 days in the yellow jersey mean this year's team have a daunting reputation to live up to.

Alberto Contador is used to leading the way and will hope to do more of the same this Tour.

Credit: PA