Davide Ballerini inks a deal with Astana: It was a dream to step into the WorldTour
Aug 14 2018 02:24 pm CET

Davide Ballerini inks a deal with Astana: It was a dream to step into the WorldTour
Davide Ballerini inks a deal with Astana: It was a dream to step into the WorldTour
Astana

Young talent Davide Ballerini has signed with Astana Pro Team. The Italian has inked a two-year deal with the Kazahk team.

The rider takes a step up to the World Tour after spending the last two seasons at Androni Giocattolli, he was also a stagiaire at Tinkoff in 2016. "First of all, I am very happy to join Astana Pro Team," he commented. "This is a big team and for me, it was always a dream to do this step into the WorldTour.

"And now, this dream is coming true... I hope to continue learning and developing as a rider, but, at the same time, I am ready to help my new teammates. If I have a chance, of course, I’d like to try to use it. So far, the main thing for me is to become a good part of the team and to help Astana with all my forces to reach some big results."

The 23-year-old has taken the mountain jersey at the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico and has reached top-10 results at a stage at the Tour of the Alps, the GP Industria & Artigianato, the Giro dell'Appennino, a stage at the Giro d'Italia and in a stage at the Vuelta a Burgos.

"In Davide Ballerini, we see a young rider, who is going to improve really well in the next few races on the level of the WorldTour," commented Astana's general manager Alexandr Vinokourov. "So far, every year he is doing a step ahead both in his development and performances.

"Ballerini is a rider, who can do well in classics and one-day races, but in the same time, can help the team in stage races and even in the Grand Tours. A young rider with a good sprint and climbing abilities is always a good choice for a team. So, I am looking forward to his arriving in Astana Pro Team."
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