Astana secures Artyom Zakharov for another season
Nov 28 2019 05:22 am CET

Astana secures Artyom Zakharov for another season
Astana secures Artyom Zakharov for another season

Kazakh rider Artyom Zakharov has extended his contract with Astana Pro Team for another season.

The 28-year-old has been in the team since 2016 as a stagiaire and in 2017 he became a professional. The rider is a track specialist and he is at the moment trying to qualify for the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, where he would be one of the biggest hopes for the country.

"First of all, I'd like to thank our general manager Alexandr Vinokurov for support and trust in me as professional rider," Zakharov commented. "During all these years I was happy to give my all helping my teammates to win races and it is a big pleasure that in many races I was taking part our leaders won or reached the podium. And I can say that I am ready to continue helping the team in reaching important goals. Of course, I'd like to get my personal results too and I hope in the upcoming season I will have a few chances to show myself.

"The Olympic Games is the biggest goal and dream for any athlete, and I am doing my best to qualify for Tokyo. It is very important for me to stay in Astana Pro Team during the Olympic year because the team provides me with all the best conditions to train and to prepare for the Games. I would like to thank Samruk-Kazyna for a great support during these years."

Astana's general manager Alexandr Vinokurov welcomed this deal extension. "Artyom is a good and loyal rider, who is always ready to support the team's leader," he said. "Of course, at this moment of the year his main goal is to win the Olympic license in the omnium and this is very important and for our team and for Kazakhstan. Zakharov will have a busy December with three World Cup stages and we hope he can do well in these competitions.

"He is 7th in the omnium ranking and this is a good point. For sure, he will be very useful for our team during the next season in the road races as well, so I am happy he is staying in Astana."