Astana Professional Staff held a different group presentation in Calpe, Spain, on Saturday to have a good time what’s going to be their 15th season within the professional peloton.
The Kazakh group unveiled a somewhat changed equipment for the 2020 marketing campaign, in addition to confirming the race programmes in their superstar riders.
As anticipated, Jakob Fuglsang will goal the Giro d’Italia in Would possibly and the Olympic Video games highway race in Tokyo in overdue July, whilst Miguel Angel Lopez after all makes his Excursion de France debut.
Alexey Lutsenko, the Kazakh highway race champion and the group’s greatest ‘house’ rider, will lead the road on the spring Classics and can sign up for Lopez on the Excursion prior to additionally aiming for the gold medal in Tokyo.
With not up to every week keeping apart the top of the Excursion de France and the Olympic highway race in Japan, Fuglsang had toyed with the speculation of skipping the Excursion utterly, however he’ll be there to make stronger Lopez and construct his shape again up. If he is to check out and shield his Liege-Bastogne-Liege identify in April, it’ll be a hectic few months for the Dane.
“The Giro is among the most lovely races within the calendar and I’ve some nice recollections again in 2016 once we received it along side the group,” mentioned Fuglsang, relating to Vincenzo Nibali’s dramatic victory.
“In fact, it’ll be my first time because the group’s chief on this race and this can be a large honour and on the similar time a large problem for me.”
Lopez became professional in 2015 however has but to journey the Excursion de France. In 2017 he completed eighth on the Vuelta a España prior to making the rostrum of each the Giro and Vuelta in 2018 after which putting within the best 10 at each races once more this 12 months.
“It is going to be a large problem for me, however I can do my absolute best to return there in best shape and to accomplish in addition to imaginable,” Lopez mentioned. “Additionally, I’m positive, I can have a robust and motivated group subsequent to me. In fact, there may be nonetheless a ways till the beginning of the Excursion, and I can produce other large objectives prior to it. I’m truly motivated to start out this season in a great way and to get some great effects prior to the Excursion de France.”
Fuglsang, Lopez, and Lutsenko had been all found in Calpe because the 2020 squad was once offered via group supervisor and previous rider Alexander Vinokourov. A highlights reel of the previous 14 seasons was once performed with commemorative plaques at the wall from every season.
The group additionally unveiled a different jersey for the 15th season. Nonetheless made via Giordana, the whole gentle blue design stays unchanged from ultimate season, however the again of the jersey commemorates the group’s greatest achievements.
The outlines of the maps of Italy, France, and Spain are there within the colors of the chief’s jerseys from the respective Grand Excursions, marking 3 Giro titles (2008 –
Alberto Contador, 2013 and 2016 – each Nibali), two Excursion titles (2009 – Contador, 2014 – Nibali), and 3 Vuelta titles (2006 – Vinokourov, 2008 – Contador, 2015 – Fabio Aru). The Olympic rings also are there to mark Vinokorouv’s gold medal within the highway race in London in 2012.
The entrance of the jersey additionally sees the addition of a secondary sponsor, with Premier Tech stepping up its funding and signing up for every other 3 years.
“Lately we’re beginning our 15th season. Far has been carried out to this point and we have now completed many huge objectives. However I’m positive, that many nice and superb issues are nonetheless mendacity additional forward,” mentioned Vinokourov.
“We’re beginning the brand new season utterly in a position and prime motivated for one thing extra. I want to congratulate all Astana Professional Staff on an excessively gorgeous and a hit season we had in 2019 and I’d like to hope the fellows to succeed in even larger successes within the upcoming 12 months. I thank all our sponsors for staying subsequent to us within the new season and for supporting our bold sports activities mission.”
Astana’s 2020 roster
- 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)