The Astana Professional biking staff has added some extra Canadian content material, signing Ben Perry. The 26-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont.
The Astana Professional biking staff 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 staff, joins fellow Canadian rider Hugo Houle on the Astana roster subsequent yr.
Astana not too long ago named Canadian Steve Bauer as its sporting director. Bauer gained Canada’s first-ever medal within the Olympic street 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 gained a stage and positioned fourth general within the 1988 Tour. Bauer was simply the second Canadian ever to steer the Tour after Alex Stieda.
Quebec’s Premier Tech, a sponsor since 2017, not too long ago grew to become co-sponsor of the Kazakh UCI WorldTour outfit, prompting an upcoming change in identify from the Astana Professional Workforce to Astana Premier Tech on Jan. 1.
Perry signed a one-year cope with Astana. Houle, a 30-year-old native of Sainte-Perpetue, Que., who joined the staff in 2018, is signed by 2022.
“I look ahead to competing on the planet’s most illustrious races, in a staff that has a powerful historical past and tradition,” Perry mentioned in a press release Friday. “I wish to make an impression on the staff immediately and display my capabilities as an entire 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 revealed Nov. 20, 2020
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press