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by Mark Zalewski
December 14, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.
The Astana team held its presentation in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, dedicating it to the 25th anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan. Team manager Alexander Vinokurov also officially named Fabio Aru as the team’s leader, replacing the departing Vincenzo Nibali.
“Traditionally, we will focus on successful performance in the Grand Tours,” said Vinokurov.
“This is our strong side, during our history we won eight Grand Tours, so we are excited to strive for the new successes. We have a strong leader in Fabio Aru and the team will be built around him. We [also] have a number of young, but very ambitions riders, who can surprise.
“However, besides the Grand Tours, there are a lot of prestigious races in the new UCI WorldTour calendar, which will be another goal for Astana. First of all, we are talking about week stage races, but also we would like to get some good results during the Classics season.
All but one of the 28 riders was present, with Miguel Angel Lopez still recovering after his recent crash during the training.
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