Chris Froome's stance on riding the 2015 Tour de France could be softening after he initially hinted at a reluctance to ride the race.
Former Team Sky man Sean Yates is among four new faces appointed by Tinkoff-Saxo for the 2015 season.
Chris Froome spoke to ITV.com reporter Matt Rendell in Japan, at the season-closing Saitama Criterium.
The Team Sky leader claims the mountain-heavy 2015 Tour de France offers a "pretty good route for me" – a positive spin, no doubt – but admits the 2015 Giro d'Italia route is "more rounded" and represents a "really good opportunity" for him to collect another Grand Tour victory.
The British rider also laughed off any notion that he might attempt to ride in all three Grand Tours (Giro, Le Tour, La Vuelta) in 2015. Earlier this month, Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov, who owns the Tinkoff-Saxo pro team, offered the the top four GC riders in the world – Froome, plus Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana – one million euros if they would compete against each other in Italy, France and Spain next season.
Froome reiterated, "100%", that he and his team have yet to decide which of the Grand Tours he will compete in next year.
Team Sky have announced the signing of Italian sprinter Elia Vivani for the 2015 season, as team boss Sir Dave Brailsford admitted the team is set to focus more on the sprints this season.
ITV duo Ned Boulting and Matt Rendell discuss the 2015 Tour de France at this week's official launch, and ponder the reasons behind Chris Froome's displeasure with the new route.
Giant-Shimano sprinter Marcel Kittel tells Ned Boulting that winning the final stage of next year's Tour de France, in the 40th year that it finishes on Champs-Élysées, is a huge motivation.
The Tour de France has finished on the Champs-Élysées every year since 1975, and Kittel could make it a hat-trick of victories there in 2015.