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by Mark Zalewski
November 9, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bayly wins queen stage of Tour of Taihu Lake; Jess Varnish, vilified for her claims, speaks about investigation findings; Astana reveals 2017 plans; X-rays confirm broken wrist for Archibald; Team Sky signs Jon Dibben; Mike Creed to direct new American U23 development team; Other players chime-in on Aaron Brown’s resurfacing; Meet Ventouman, who has climbed the Giant of Provence 379 times … and counting; Peter Sagan wants you to ride your bike; Recap of Archibald Madison crash.
The Astana team management met in the capital city for which the team is named to outline plans for the 2017 season, including the three Grand Tours. With Vincenzo Nibali leaving the team, the GC leadership roles will change, with Italian Fabio Aru captain for the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, while the Tour de France will have co-leaders in Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang and Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez.
“I think we had a successful season, we won a Grand Tour with Vincenzo Nibali and won a large number of victories in other races. Especially pleasant is the fact that seven victories were won by our Kazakhstani riders,” General Manager Alexandr Vinokurov said.
“Traditionally, it is planned to include the Kazakhstani riders — Andrey Zeits, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev and Alexey Lutsenko — into the team to participate in the Grand Tours. Maybe, we will also try Daniil Fominykh and Artyom Zakharov.”
Additionally, the team announced equipment changes with Argon18 supplying bikes and a redesign of the team kit that will be supplied by Girodana.
“In the course of the meeting, we showed a renewed uniform of the team that in the new year will get a more modern design, by maintaining, at the same time, traditional turquoise colour of jersey, so loved by the fans,” Vinokurov said.
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