“Dan is a good outside bet for the overall, although [Nairo] Quintana [Movistar] will probably start the race as favourite,” Roche told reporters.
“But when it gets to the Alps and Dolomites we’ll see what Dan can do. He can definitely can a stage win, maybe do the top five.”
As for his son Nicolas, Roche said following his top five result, stage win and spell in the lead in the Vuelta a España last September, Nicolas will be leading the Tinkoff-Saxo team in the Giro d’Italia this May.
“ [Team-mates] Roman Kreuziger and Alberto Contador are doing the Tour and the Vuelta, and he’s never ridden the Giro before as a leader so it’s a big moment for him,” Roche said, “and a big change.”