Fabio Aru to lead Astana in 2017
Dec 12 2016 06:02 am CET

Fabio Aru to lead Astana in 2017
Fabio Aru to lead Astana in 2017
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FABIO ARU
ASTANA PRO TEAM

Astana presented their roster for the 2017 season and the objectives for the new year, which are focused on Fabio Aru. The Italian will be the central point in the Asian formation.

The team had its presentation in Astana on a date that marks the 25th anniversary of the independence of Kazakhstan. During the ceremony, general manager Alexander Vinokourov talked about the past and future importance of Aru in the squad.

"Traditionally, Astana Team will focus on successful performances in the Grand Tours. This is our strong side, during our history we won eight Grand Tours, so we are excited to strive for new successes. We have a strong leader, Fabio Aru, and the team will be built around him.

"Besides, we have a number of young, but very ambitious riders who can surprise. Of course, we are planning Kazakh riders for the Grand Tours too. First of all, we are talking about Alexey Lutsenko, Andrey Zeits, Dmitriy Gruzdev and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev, but maybe we will try Daniil Fominykh and Artem Zakharov too. However, besides the Grand Tours, there are a lot of prestigious races on the new UCI WorldTour calendar which will be another goal for Astana," added the manager.

In attendance were important guests of the team, representatives of the government and of the Kazakhstan cycling federation, sponsors and partners. There was also time to take a look back on the 2016 season.

"I believe, we had a very successful season. Together with Vincenzo Nibali we won the famous Giro d'Italia, while in total we scored 34 victories and 30 podium places in the most prestigious races around the world. I am especially happy with the fact that 7 wins and 4 podiums were scored by our Kazakhstan riders," commented Vinokourov.

At the end, the entire team was presented with the exception of Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez who is still recovering from a crash he suffered while training. The roster includes 28 riders from nine countries: Kazakhstan, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Ukraine, Estonia, Colombia and Russia.

Astana Pro Team's squad for the 2017 season:

- Fabio Aru
- Zhandos Bizhigitov
- Pello Bilbao
- Matti Breschel
- Michael Valgren
- Oscar Gatto
- Andriy Grivko
- Dmitriy Gruzdev
- Laurens De Vreese
- Artyom Zakharov
- Andrey Zeits
- Arman Kamyshev
- Dario Cataldo
- Tanel Kangert
- Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev
- Miguel Angel Lopez
- Alexey Lutsenko
- Riccardo Minali
- Moreno Moser
- Luis Leon Sanchez
- Michele Scarponi
- Nikita Stalnov
- Paolo Tiralongo
- Ruslan Tleubayev
- Daniil Fominykh
- Jacob Fuglsang
- Jesper Hansen
- Sergei Chernetckii
Photo of Fabio Aru (cropped) by Astana Pro Team





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