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by Matt de Neef
December 12, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant victorious at Essen CX meet; BMC confirms its 2017 roster; Astana reveals its final roster for the 2017 season; Bardet’s Giro plans on hold, will again race the Tour in 2017; Nathan Haas on learning from Edvald Boasson-Hagen; Sean Lake targeting Australian Road Nationals time trial; Parcours revealed for 2017 Tour de Romandie; David Rebellin signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es Continental team; Ag2r-La Mondiale trainee killed while hiking; How wildcard places were awarded in WorldTour races in 2016.
Meanwhile, on the 25th anniversary of the Indepedence of Kazakhstan, Astana Pro Team has revealed its line-up for the 2017 season.
“Traditionally, Astana Team will focus on successful performance in the Grand Tours,” general manager Alexander Vinokourov said of the team’s ambitions in 2017. “This is our strong side, during our history we won 8 Grand Tours, so we are exciting to strive for the new successes.
“We have a strong leader Fabio Aru and the team will be built around him. Besides, we have a number of young, but very ambitions riders, who can surprise.”
The 2017 Astana squad is as follows:
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, Dario Cataldo, Tanel Kangert, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev, Miguel Angel Lopez, Alexey Lutsenko, Riccardo Minali, Moreno Moser, Luis Leon Sanchez, Michele Scarponi, Nikita Stalnov, Paolo Tiralongo, Ruslan Tleubayev, Daniil Fominykh, Jacob Fuglsang, Jesper Hansen and Sergei Chernetckii.