Astana presents complete roster and objectives for 2020
Dec 15 2019 07:30 am CET

Astana presents complete roster and objectives for 2020
Astana presents complete roster and objectives for 2020
Astana

Astana Pro Team has presented its complete roster for the upcoming season in Spain.

The Kazakh team will be starting its 15th season in January of 2020 and it presented its complete team for the season, as well as images with the highlights from the last 14 years. During the gala, Astana's General Manager Alexandr Vinokurov announced the re-signing of longtime partner Premier Tech for another three years and introduced the new jersey that the riders will wear in the upcoming season and the Wilier Trestina bike that they will ride.

"Today we are starting our 15th season," said Vinokurov. "We have come a long way and we have achieved many big goals. But I am sure, that many great and amazing things are still lying further ahead. We are starting the new season completely ready and highly motivated for something more.

"I would like to congratulate all of Astana Pro Team on a very beautiful and successful season we had in 2019 and I'd like to wish the guys to reach even bigger successes in the upcoming year. I thank all our sponsors for staying next to us in the new season and for supporting our ambitious sports project."

The team also announced that Jakob Fuglsang will lead the roster at the Giro d'Italia, Miguel Ángel López at the Tour de France and Kazakh national champion Alexey Lutsenko will aim at the Tour of Flanders and the Ardennes classics before joining López at the French grand tour.

"I am really happy to say that I am going to take part in the next Tour de France," said the Colombian. "It will be my debut in this amazing race, and I am excited to lead the team in France. It will be a big challenge for me, but I will do my best to come there in top form and to perform as well as possible.

"Also, I am sure, I will have a strong and motivated team next to me. Of course, there is still a long way until the start of the Tour, and I will have other big goals before it. I am really motivated to start this season in a good way and to get some nice results before the Tour de France."

"This year I am planning to do the Giro d'Italia and it will be a great moment for me to come back to the Italian Grand tour again," explained Fuglsang. "This is one of the most beautiful races in the calendar and I have some great memories from back in 2016 when we won it together with the team.

"Actually, it is going to be my first time as the team's leader in this race and it is a big honour and at the same time a big challenge for me. Also, after the Giro, I plan to help Miguel Ángel López at the Tour de France before another big goal of 2020 – the Olympic Games in Tokyo."

Lutsenko was also pleased to announce his objectives. "This season I would like to do the Ardennes classics because these races suit me really well, but just before it, I am planning to ride the Tour of Flanders as I love this race so much," he commented.

"At the Tour de France, I am going to help Miguel Angel Lopez, but also, I will be aiming to try to win a stage. And, of course, my main goal of the season – the Olympic Games in Tokyo. I want to be there in top shape to try to give my all for a good result."

Astana's complete roster for 2020:

Alexander Aranburu (ESP)
Zhandos Bizhigitov (KAZ)
Manuele Boaro (ITA)
Hernando Bohorquez (COL)
Rodrigo Contreras (COL)
Laurens De Vreese (BEL)
Fabio Felline (ITA)
Daniil Fominykh (KAZ)
Omar Fraile (ESP)
Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)
Yevgeniy Gidich (KAZ)
Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (DEN)
Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ)
Hugo Houle (CAN)
Ion Izagirre (ESP)
Gorka Izagirre (ESP)
Miguel Angel Lopez (COL)
Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)
Davide Martinelli (ITA)
Merhawi Kudus (ERI)
Yuriy Natarov (KAZ)
Vadim Pronskiy (KAZ)
Oscar Rodriguez (ESP)
Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP)
Nikita Stalnov (KAZ)
Harold Tejada (COL)
Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS)
Artyom Zakharov (KAZ)


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