Bjarne Riis founded Team Saxo, then sold it to Oleg Tinkoff who is a Russian oligarch. Riis remained as sports director. Tinkoff's money then paid for the signatures and contracts of two superstar riders ... Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador ... for this season.
The team has started badly this year, Riis has just been sacked. Team spirit is low, as evidenced in its performances this week in the Tour of Catalunya , Gent Wegelgem and E3 Herelbeke.
So now, the big three who were expected to mount a titanic rivalry in the Tour de France ... Contador, Nibali and Froome ... are all doing really badly in their races.
At least one will find some form. If not Nairo Quintana will be waiting to pounce. Could this be the year that Geraint Thomas finds his feet in a grand tour? TdF will be won and lost on the slopes of Alpe d'huez