Ireland's Nicolas Roche has been included in the Danish Saxo-Tinkoff squad to compete in the upcoming Tour De France as support to team leader Alberto Contador

Contador, who missed last year's race because he was suspended for doping, will be bidding for a third Tour de France title.

Team owner Bjarne Riis said: “"I think we have found a great mix of in-form riders.

"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."