Russia | Team website The Russian Tinkoff-Saxo team has a long history in professional cycling, which can be traced back to the Danish Home-Jack & Jones team founded in 1998.

Aside from its current incarnation, the squad is probably best remembered as CSC, under the ownership of former pro cyclist Bjarne Riis who shaped and managed the team until his departure two years after the squad was bought by Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov for the 2015 season.

Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan are the squad’s current star riders.

Peter Sagan tour de france 2015 stage one

Can Sagan succeed in the same team as Contador?

It’s the classic conundrum; can a sprinter succeed in a team geared towards a GC favourite? It’s not easy, even with nine-man teams, particularly on a Grand Tour like this…

Sean Yates, Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Sean Yates: Back at the Tour de France

I once bet Sean Yates €100 that Michal Kwiatkowski would win a particular race. It was agreed publicly through Twitter and we didn’t shake on it; as far as I…