Astana Pro Team

Today “Astana” cycling team is one of the top rated teams around the professional cycling sport. 

ABOUT THE TEAM

ABOUT THE TEAM

During the11 years of existence, the team has been represented by the most popular racers, the winners of the most prestigious grand tours in the world – Alexander Vinokurov, Alberto Kontador, Lens Armstrong, Vincenzo Nibali, and Fabio Aru.

“Astana” represents Kazakhstan and comes out on top around the world, including Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The team has already achieved 248 victories, 8 of which are the victories on three grand tours – Jiro d’Italia, Tour de France, and Vuelta a Espana.


The team is represented by 29 racers from 10 countries and 45 staff, with 33 per cent of racers and quarter of staff being Kazakhstan citizens. 

HISTORY

2006

Spanish team Liberty Seguros serves as the basis for creation of new professional team Astana Pro Team

Five major industrial consortiums of Kazakhstan become sponsors of the professional team: NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC, NC KazMunayGas JSC, KEGOC JSC, Kazakhmys Corporation LLP, ENRC Management KZ LLP.

Within a few days, the team’s vehicles and buses get recolored in yellow and blue — the colors of the national flag of Kazakhstan. Sketches of a new form are also designed in the shortest possible time. Thus, a new star, a new team is born in the international cycling.

2007

Alexander Vinokourov becomes the captain of the team

The team continues to win — in 2007 the team won overall standings of Tirreno — Adriatico, individual stages of Giro d'Italia, Tour de Romandie and prestigious race of Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré where three stages were won by Kazakhstani racers Alexander Vinokourov and Maxim Iglinskiy.

The team scored total of 18 wins this year.

2008

The team signs the young victor of Tour de France 2007 Alberto Contador

Contador was able to bring the team to victory in the Vuelta a España in 2008, ahead in the overall standings of his teammate Levi Leipheimer, becoming the fifth racer in history that won all three Grand Tours.

Among other results of the season — winning of Astana racers in the overall standings in the Tour of the Basque Country and Vuelta a Castilla y León, in the Tour de Romandie, Tour of Wallonia and Tour of California.

A total of 30 victories was scored by the team.

2009

The team gets a new sponsor — Samruk-Kazyna

This helps to overcome the deep financial crisis in the team and to focus on new achievements.

Astana team scored 21 wins in 2009.

2010

With arrival of the new sponsor Samruk-Kazyna, the team becomes one of the top three teams of the international cycling elite in terms of financing

The team dominates in the main grand tour of the season, Tour de France, and Alexander Vinokourov scores another splendid victory in his career — he wins the 13th stage of the Great Loop in his inimitable style. By the end of the season, Valentin Iglinskiy wins the tropical race Tour of Hainan in China.

In 2010, the team scored a total of 20 wins.

2012

Alexander Vinokourov returns to the team

His departure would have sent Astana to the last place in the world rankings, which jeopardized the team getting the license for next year. Vinokourov announces his return to the big cycling, and his points allow the team to get the license.

Gradually recovering, he starts the season modestly, with appearances in Malaysia, in Tour of Turkey, Dauphine Libere. A few days after the Tour de France, Alexander Vinokourov wins a splendid victory in the group road race and brings the first gold medal for Kazakhstan.

2013

Alexander Vinokourov officially assumes office of Astana team’s General Manager

Vincenzo Nibali in the first year racing for the Astana team wins cycling race Tirreno-Adriatico and the grand tour Giro d'Italia. In 2013, Kazakhstan for the first time holds a professional cycling race — Tour of Almaty. Kazakhstani racer Maxim Iglinskiy scores a victory in it.

In the season of 2013, the team scored 16 wins.

2014

One of the most brilliant seasons in the team’s history

Fabio Aru wins a splendid victory in the royal mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia, finishing on the final podium of the Italian Grand Tour. Vincenzo Nibali confidently wins Tour de France.

180 countries, more than 3 billion TV contacts — the name of young capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, is heard throughout the world. Vincenzo wears the yellow jersey during 19 of the 21 stages. Nibali wins 4 stages of the race and brings the jersey to a victorious finish in Paris.

The team racers score a total of 24 wins in the season.

2015

The team earns a record number of significant and important victories.

In the Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali wins one of the toughest mountain stages of the race. In the Vuelta a España, Fabio Aru wins his first victory in the Grand Tour. The Kazakhstani racer Alexey Lutsenko wins his first victory in the race of the elite division — in the stage of the Tour of Switzerland, and then becomes champion of Kazakhstan in the race with separate start.

The team racers scored a total of 34 wins in the season of 2015.

2016

2016 was a record-breaking year for the team in a number of victories. “Astana” racers won victories in various championships in different corners of the world.

Traditionally, the main goal of the team is to win one of the grand tours. In 2016 the team has achieved this purpose – “Astana” headed by its leader Vincenzo Nibali has got the victory in famous Jiro of d' Italy.

THE TEAM

Fabio Aru
Zhandos Bizhigitov
Pello Bilbao
Matti Breschel
Michael Valgren
Oscar Gatto
Andriy Grivko
Dmitriy Gruzdev
Laurens de Vreese
Artyom Zakharov
Andrey Zeits
Arman Kamyshev
Tanel Kangert
Bakhtiar Kozhatayev
Dario Cataldo
Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno
Alexey Lutsenko
Riccardo Minali
Moreno Moser
Luis Leon Sanchez Gil
Michele Scarponi
Nikita Stalnov
Paolo Tiralongo
Ruslan Tleubayev
Daniil Fominykh
Jakov Fuglsang
Jesper Hanseen
Sergei Chernetckii
Alexander Vinokurov
General Manager
Dmitriy Fofonov
Team Manager
Alexandr Shefer
Sports Director
Dmitri Sedoun
Sports Director
Giuseppe Martinelli
Sports Director
Sergei Yakovlev
Sports Director
Bruno Cenghialta
Sports Director
Lars Michaelsen
Sports Director

GOALS

The team’s goals are upbringing of Kazakhstan champions, young cycling racers, and preparing Kazakhstan sportsmen to the international competitions (World Championship, Olympic Games, etc.).

Goals for the forthcoming season:


 «Astana Pro Team» sets following annual goals:



  • Victory in one of the three grand tours;

  • Victory in week-long marathon races;

  • Maximum quantity of victories at stages of grand tours and marathon races;

  • Victories of Kazakhstan racers in certain races and stages of races;

  • Holding of bicycle races, PR-events participated by athletes of the team in Kazakhstan;

  • Holding of events (master classes, meetings) with young athletes and younger generation in Kazakhstan;

  • Successful preparation of athletes of the national team to international competitions (World Championship, Olympic Games, Championship of Asia, etc.)

Contacts

010000, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan,
Block B, 8 Kunayev street,
Emerald Quarter BC, of.707

Office:
+ 7 (7172) 279 400
Press service:
+ 7 (7172) 279 409

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