Alexandr Vinokurov practically rules out further signings for 2020: I think that the team is formed already
Nov 05 2019 01:39 am CET

Alexandr Vinokurov practically rules out further signings for 2020: I think that the team is formed already
Alexandr Vinokurov practically rules out further signings for 2020: I think that the team is formed already
Astana

Astana Pro Team's General Manager Alexandr Vinokurov has talked about the roster for the upcoming season and the preparations to face the new year.

The 2019 season for the Kazakh team was very successful with victories in pretty much all the continents and by different riders. The formation took overall wins in races like the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the Vuelta a Murcia, the Tour of Oman, the Vuelta a Andalucia, the Tour du Rwanda, the Volta a Catalunya, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour of Almaty, among many others.

"I think that the main conclusion of this season is that we are able to achieve victories not by one or two leaders, but by the whole team," said Vinokurov. "More than half of the riders of the team have tasted a victory this year and it is a very significant result, which suggests that the team is becoming more universal and diverse. If we talk about other results, it is worth noting our 12 GC victories: it is an impressive result, an excellent achievement for Astana Pro Team.

"And, of course, our 40 seasonal wins, taking into account the performances of our riders for the national teams, is a very serious achievement. Also, it is nice that the team entered the Top 5 of the UCI World Team ranking, while Jacob Fuglsang became 3rd in the Individual ranking. It is important to note Alexey Lutsenko, who is gaining momentum and is coming really close to the best of the best riders of the world."

The team will soon meet for the first winter training camp in Spain, where the calendar of the riders and the whole team will be decided. The General Manager of the formation thinks the roster is complete with the 27 riders it has right now with contracts.

"Well, I think that the team is formed already," he explained. "At the moment, we have 27 riders in the roster of 2020 Astana Pro Team and it is likely that this is the final figure. Yes, we can say that we have had a good transfer campaign this season. First of all, I am happy that we have found a common language with Jakob Fuglsang, and that he remains in Astana for two more seasons.

"In addition, I think that two Basque riders who are coming to the team, Alex Aranburu and Oscar Rodriguez, will be able to seriously strengthen us. I would also mention Vadim Pronskiy, about whom I have already told. His progress in recent years is noticeable, and I hope that he will continue to grow in our team. Aleksandr Vlasov and Fabio Felline look very promising as well... I think that this off-season we have strengthened the team in a good way."
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