Alexandr Vinokurov discusses current shape of Astana riders and 2020 goals
Jul 09 2020 09:51 pm CET

Alexandr Vinokurov discusses current shape of Astana riders and 2020 goals
Alexandr Vinokurov discusses current shape of Astana riders and 2020 goals
Astana

Astana Pro Team's General Manager Alexandr Vinokurov has talked about the rest of the season and the ways the formation has faced the Covid-19 pandemic.

During a talk with Eurosport commentator Sergey Kurdyukov, the former Olympic champion talked about the training situation the riders have had to stand during the worst part of the coronavirus crisis. "Some of them never stopped riding outdoors, while others were locked down in their apartments and it was not easy riding on home trainers only, I learned it the hard way," he said.

"But the problem was apparently not so great as it might have been if we had been told to start racing, say, in June. Two months of riding on the road before the first official event is a normal period to put in a lot of quality kilometres both individually and in a high-altitude training camp which they do right now."

Despite the amount of races in a short time span, Vinokurov thinks the riders of Astana still have chances to achieve success. "There are a few weeks between the Tour (de France) and the Vuelta (a España), it should be enough for some strong and experienced riders to recover and target both," the Kazakh former rider commented. "Time alone will tell, we’ll look after their conditions, but we remain reasonably optimistic. We also expect the Kazakh riders to show their best qualities this autumn, they work hard to earn their spot in the Grand Tours.

"Some of them have already had this type of experience behind their shoulders, like Zhandos Bizhigitov, Nikita Stalnov and Daniil Fominykh, others are looking forward to their debut. In a season like that younger riders get their chances. Yuriy Natarov, last year’s Tour of Almaty winner, is getting ready for his first three-week race, the Giro d'Italia. Vadim Pronskiy had to go through a hip surgery, it was a reasonable idea to use the lockdown period for this intervention, you should have this type of issues sorted out while you’re young to have a long career ahead of you. The rehab is going well, and we hope to see him racing this year."
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