With new signings strengthening Tinkoff-Saxo, can the team become an unstoppable force next year?
Team Sky have dominated road cycling recently after Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome won the Tour de France in 2012 and 2013, but I think their dominance could be over and Tinkoff-Saxo will become the best team on the road.
Contador the leader
Every rider at Tinkoff supports their team leader, Alberto Contador, and it seems that they are happy in doing so which is key when trying to make a team work. Team Sky have too many riders who want to be the team leader and this has caused unrest, which has led to them losing their dominance in major races.
The fact that everyone is willing to support Contador means that every race is a team effort, which will deliver the best possible results.
Moreover, Tinkoff have strengthened their squad with new signings for the 2015 season and these signings, in my opinion, will make their squad the best in the world.
Cannondale riders Ivan Basso and Peter Sagan have joined Contador's team and these two riders alone gives the team another dimension.
Sprint quality added
Tinkoff-Saxo haven't had a world class sprinter for a while and the introduction of Sagan means they can now contest in bunch sprints. He is guaranteed to win them stages at major races and is likely to challenge for the sprinter's jersey in the Grand Tours.
Basso on the other hand is a great all-round cyclist but specialises in climbing which is good for Contador as he will have excellent support when racing against his rivals.
With Rafal Majka also in the Tinkoff ranks it is hard to see any climbs being won by any other team in the Grand Tours.
Tour de France chance
I believe that at the Tour de France next year Tinkoff-Saxo could win the yellow jersey, the green jersey and the polka dot jersey because they have the best riders in each of the classifications.
Not even Team Sky are as strong as Tinkoff now and I think they will dominate road cycling throughout all the major races next year.
The only concern I have is that they may become a victim of their own success just like Sky. With so many good riders it won't be long before others will want to lead the team, which could cause problems.
Signing riders with different abilities though will help sort out this problem which is why the signing of Sagan and Basso are good.
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