Astana-Leading Tech reveal Giro d’Italia and Tour de France targets at staff presentation

The Astana-Premier Tech group have introduced that Aleksandr Vlasov will goal the typical classification at the 2021 Giro d’Italia, even though Jakob Fuglsang will give up hopes of total results at the Tour de France, as a substitute focusing on stage victories and other Classics just after his Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia victories.



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Fuglsang will also just take aim at the Tokyo Olympic Online games, as will teammate Alexey Lutsenko, although Ion Izagirre will continue on to target shorter stage races and specially the Itzulia Basque Nation race. 

Astana-Premier Tech are formally a Kazakh-Canadian crew for 2021, with the Canadian biotechnology enterprise now a title sponsor and equal workforce proprietor. 

Hugo Houle and Ben Perry fly the flag for Canada in the team, with Steve Bauer on board as a directeur sportif. Alexandr Vinokourov stays as team supervisor as controlling director Yana Seel will take extra manage and go the group forward.

Astana-Premier Tech presented their 2021 colours final 7 days, maintaining the Astana blue but incorporating a geometric fade. They confirmed off their colors and confirmed their ambitions at a virtual crew presentation on Sunday afternoon from their teaching camp in Spain.

The group has a 31-rider roster for 2021, with eight new signings, which includes Stefan de Bod and proficient young Italians Samuele Battistella -the underneath-23 globe winner in Yorkshire, Matteo Sobrero and Andrea Piccolo.     

“We’re quite proud that Leading Tech have arrive on board as a title sponsor and co-operator. It is the initial time we’ve introduced a huge international company as an equal share co-proprietor along with our companions from Kazakhstan. Owning these two functions onboard offers us self-confidence for the very long term,” Seel reported for the duration of the presentation.

“We were being incredibly grateful to be in a position to experience all a few Grand Tours in 2020 and earn 15 races. I just hope we can have a regular season in 2021, that is a lot in these tricky situations.”

Vinokourov hopes the staff can earn 30 races in 2021 and return to the podium at the Giro d’Italia with Vlasov. Miguel Angel Lopez finished sixth at the Tour de France but has opted to go to Movistar.   

The proficient 24-calendar year-previous Vlasov was joined to Ineos Grenadiers right after profitable the Giro dell’Emilia and impressing at the Vuelta a España. However, he experienced a contract for 2021 and Astana hope group management at the Giro can tempt him to increase his deal. Vlasov moved to Italy to race as a Junior and speaks Italian fluently. He was struck by a virus and abandoned through stage 2 this year his climbing potential will make him a real contender for the Corsa Rosa.            

“Like final yr, I will commence my 2021 period with Tour de la Provence followed by Volta ao Algarve and Paris-Pleasant. Just after those people races, I will start to get ready with an altitude camp, and my participation at the Tour of the Alps, for my main goal of the season, the Giro d’Italia,” Vlasov reported. 

“I presently received a taste of Grand Tours at last year’s Giro, which was not the Grand Tour start I was hoping for, and the Vuelta. I am definitely determined to return to Italy and consider to give my greatest. Beside the Giro d’Italia, the Olympic Games are an occasion to concentration on.”

Fuglsang turns 36 in March but insisted he is nonetheless formidable and inspired right after concentrating on street racing later on than most.  The Dane has normally experimented with to goal Grand Excursions but usually arrive unstuck soon after crashes and dips in type. 

He received Il Lombardia in August and will even goal the Tour of Flanders in 2021, as he attempts to collect Monument Classics. Olympic gold will be a central goal to his period after he received a silver medal behind Greg van Avermaet in 2016 in Rio.

“My initial emphasize of the season will be the Ardennes Classics, with the Italian spring races as planning. Immediately after that, I will take on the Tour de France to get ready for the Olympic Video games, the place I hope to alter Rio’s silver into Tokyo’s gold medal,” he stated. 

“Of system, it’d be great to acquire at minimum a single stage acquire at the Tour de France, but my principal emphasis will be the Olympic street race. I am delighted with my calendar and consider the Tour route, like the parcours in Tokyo, satisfies me to obtain some thing fantastic.”