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Abacanto SA
34A bd. Grande Duchesse Charlotte
1330 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 27 62 12 40
Fax: +352 26 26 58 99
Management
MARTINELLI Giuseppe
(Team Manager)
SEDOUN Dmitri
(Ass. Team Manager)
SHEFER Alexander
(Ass. Team Manager)
LAPAGE Laurenzo
(Ass. Team Manager)
BONTEMPI Guido
(Ass. Team Manager)
PRO TEAM ASTANA (AST) - KAZ

The light blue and yellow Astana jersey stands out in the peloton and we can again expect to see the colours flash first across the line in 2011, proudly showing the colours of Kazakhstan cycling in the UCI WorldTour.

Alberto Contador is no longer in the team but leader Alexander Vinokourov has been joined by Roman Kreuziger and several other interesting new signings that will make the team more competitive in the sprints and classics.

Vinokourov is now 37 but he has no intention of slowing down. In 2010 Vino blasted his way to victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He also won the 13th stage of the Tour de France to Revel after missing out the day before in Mende. He also dominated the Giro del Trentino and was second in the Clásica San Sebastián.

Vino is perhaps past his best for the overall classification but will again target the Tour de France, while Kreuziger first targets the Giro d'Italia. The 24 year-old Czech rider has finished ninth in the last two editions of the Tour de France and can surely do better in Italy as he matures and gains experience.

Astana had Allan Davis and Enrico Gasparotto for the sprints in 2010 but will also have Mirco Lorenzetto, Simon Clarke and Tomas Vaitkus for 2011. They can all win or combine their strengths to make a highly effective lead-out train.

Climbers Francesco Masciarelli, Remy Di Gregorio and Evgeni Petrov will all be able to offer valuable support to Kreuziger but can also win races and stages themselves, while Paolo Tiralongo will be a precious and highly experienced road captain.

“We’re thinking about the general classification in the Tour de France, why not?» Vinokourov stated. “We won’t give up on the battle for the overall before the start. We will fight for the yellow jersey, and after that, the mountain jersey, team classification or important stages. But the big goal is to fight for a place on the podium.”
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Riders
BAZAYEV Assan KAZ 22.02.1981
CLARKE Simon AUS 18.07.1986
DAVIS Allan AUS 27.07.1980
DI GREGORIO Rémy FRA 31.07.1985
DYACHENKO Alexsandr KAZ 17.10.1983
FOFONOV Dmitriy KAZ 15.08.1976
GASPAROTTO Enrico ITA 22.03.1982
GOUROV Maxim KAZ 30.01.1979
GRIVKO Andriy UKR 07.08.1983
IGLINSKIY Valentin KAZ 12.05.1984
IGLINSKIY Maxim KAZ 18.04.1981
JUFRE POU Josep ESP 05.08.1975
KANGERT Tanel EST 11.03.1987
KESSIAKOFF Fredrik SWE 17.05.1980
KIREYEV Roman KAZ 14.02.1987
KISERLOVSKI Robert CRO 09.08.1986
KREUZIGER Roman CZE 06.05.1986
LORENZETTO Mirco ITA 13.07.1981
MASCIARELLI Francesco ITA 05.05.1986
MIZUROV Andrey KAZ 16.03.1973
NEPOMNYACHSHIY Yevgeniy KAZ 12.03.1987
PETROV Evgeny RUS 25.05.1978
RENEV Sergey KAZ 03.02.1985
STANGELJ Gorazd SLO 27.01.1973
TIRALONGO Paolo ITA 08.07.1977
VAITKUS Tomas LTU 04.02.1982
VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ 16.09.1973
ZEITS Andrey KAZ 14.12.1986
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