Ben Perry joins fellow Canadian rider Hugo Houle on Astana Professional Group

Ben Perry joins fellow Canadian rider Hugo Houle on Astana Pro Team

The Astana Professional biking group has added some extra Canadian content material, signing Ben Perry.

The 26-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont., who has been driving for the Israel Begin-Up Nation group, joins fellow Canadian rider Hugo Houle on the Astana roster subsequent yr.

Astana just lately named Canadian Steve Bauer as its sporting director. Bauer received Canada’s first-ever medal within the Olympic highway race — a silver on the 1984 Los Angeles Video games — and took half in 9 editions of the Tour de France between 1985 and 1995.

He received a stage and positioned fourth total within the 1988 Tour. Bauer was simply the second Canadian ever to guide the Tour after Alex Stieda.

Quebec’s Premier Tech, a sponsor since 2017, just lately turned co-sponsor of the Kazakh UCI WorldTour outfit, prompting an upcoming change in identify from the Astana Professional Group to Astana Premier Tech on Jan. 1.

Perry signed a one-year take care of Astana. Houle, a 30-year-old native of Sainte-Perpetue, Que., who joined the group in 2018, is signed by 2022.

“I sit up for competing on the planet’s most illustrious races, in a group that has a powerful historical past and tradition,” Perry mentioned in a press release Friday. “I need to make an impression on the group right away and show my capabilities as a whole and constant rider.”

Different new Astana signings are Italy’s Samuele Battistella, Andrea Piccolo and Matteo Sobrero, South Africa’s Stefan de Bod and Spain’s Javier Romo.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 20, 2020

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