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by Shane Stokes
December 19, 2017
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Regarded as one of the best talents on the Astana team, Miguel Angel Lopez has committed to a further two years with the squad. The Colombian was already contracted for 2018, and has now extended that until the end of 2020.
“The next three years I will spend in Astana Team and I am very happy with this fact,” he said on Monday. “I’ve started my professional career here and during all this time I felt and still feel unbelievable support from the side of the management, sports directors, my teammates. I feel that the team trust in me and this is very important. I am happy that my future lies with Astana Pro Team, now I can focus exclusively on cycling, on the upcoming season to continue progressing on my way to the highest goals.”
Lopez is 23 years of age and started with the squad in 2015. He won the Tour de Suisse and Milan-Turin in 2016 and then this year took two stages in the Vuelta a Espana, plus eighth overall. He was also the best young rider. His other successes include stages in the Tour of Austria and the Vuelta a Burgos.
“For us Miguel Angel Lopez is one of the leaders of the team, even he is still very young,” said the general manager Alexandr Vinokurov. “He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone – only to gain experience, to develop and to improve as a professional rider and, of course, to win.
“He has all he needs for that and Astana Team can provide him with the maximum support. The new agreement is just a strengthening of our relationships, so now, the rider and the team, we both can begin to build a long-term plan for our successful future.”