BORA-hansgrohe is going to the Tour de France with leader Wilco Kelderman, sprinter Peter Sagan and debutant Ide Schelling.

The most important cycling race of the year starts next Saturday in Brest.

"Our goals are a stage win and a top five finish in the general classification," team manager Ralph Denk said on the BORA-hansgrohe website.

"And of course we also have the green jersey in mind, but that will be a tough battle. Wilco will be our leader in the standings and Peter will be the leader in the sprint stages and the rolling stages."

Thirty-year-old Kelderman made the switch from DSM (formerly Sunweb) to the German formation last winter.

It was already announced that the born Amersfoorter would be the leader in the Tour de France.

Hagenaar Ide Schelling makes his debut in the Tour.

Hagenaar Ide Schelling makes his debut in the Tour.

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'Schelling has enforced it himself'

Last week BORA reported that Emanuel Buchmann will also ride the Tour.

The German would actually focus on the Giro this year, but because he had to give up there, he now also appears at the start in the Tour.

The number four of 2019 will mainly drive for Kelderman, but can also go for his own chance.

Schelling, 23, from The Hague makes his debut in the Tour.

Last year the talent drove his first big round in the Vuelta.

"I am very happy that Ide is already going to the Tour as one of our young talents. He has only been a pro for a year," says Denk.

"He has developed well and has enforced this himself with good results."

"We want to drive very offensively in this Tour", the team manager announces.

"With Nils Politt, Lukas Pöstlberger and Ide Schelling, we have riders who can handle almost any terrain and have the class to win a stage from the break."

Tour team BORA-hansgroheploeg

  • Wilco Kelderman (Ned)

  • Peter Sagan (Slw)

  • Emanuel Buchmann (Germany)

  • Patrick Konrad (Austria)

  • Lukas Postlberger (East)

  • Nils Politt (Germany)

  • Daniel Oss (Ita)

  • Ide Schelling (Ned)

BORA had a choice between sprinters Sagan and Ackermann

The 31-year-old Sagan starts his tenth Tour.

With seven overall victories in the points classification, the Slovak is the record holder, but last year he had to leave the green jersey to the Irishman Sam Bennett.

It was still uncertain whether BORA would go to the Tour with Sagan or Pascal Ackermann this year.

“The choices were very difficult,” says Denk.

"We have also thought about selecting Sagan and Ackermann both."

"Ultimately, we don't think Pascal has the level needed to make a successful Tour debut now."