Astana presents kit and squad for 2018
Dec 08 2017 08:14 pm CET

Astana presents kit and squad for 2018
Astana presents kit and squad for 2018
Photo of Astana Pro Team's 2018 kit by Roberto Bettini/BettiniPhoto

Astana Pro Team has presented its new kit and squad for the 2018 season. The new outfit is slightly more blue and contains some other small adjustments.

The presentation took place in Kazakhstan, as the team prepares for its upcoming training camp in Spain followed by the actual start of the season.

The shorts of the new kit remain black, but the influence of black in the lower half of the jersey has been reduced. The light blue colour continues to dominate, and the yellow band on the sleeve is now visible on both arms rather than just the right arm, as was the case in 2017.

Unsurprisingly, the presentation was led by team manager Alexander Vinokourov who also took a moment at the difficult season that passed.

"There is no a secret for anyone, that the last season was a tough one for our team. Not only because of big changes at the start of 2017, injuries and bad luck, but, first of all, because of a huge loss. We lost Michele Scarponi and he will always be in our hearts.

"Anyway, together, we were able to pass through all hard moments and in the second part of the year we proved that Astana still holds its place as one of the best teams around the world. In 2017 we scored a number of nice victories and big achievements at the highest level, both in the UCI WorldTour races and Grand tours.

"It is a pleasure to mark some attention on the successes of our Kazakh riders: the wins of the best Kazakhstan athlete Alexey Lutsenko and a serious progress of our young guys allow us to look optimistic into the future. So, with today’s presentation we officially open our new season. We step up in the new year with a renewed, well balanced and ready for some big things roster. With a roster, which allows us to follow our goals not only at the Grand tours, but at the week races and the classics as well."

The full Astana squad for 2018:

Pello Bilbao (Spain)
Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kazakhstan)
Dario Cataldo (Italy)
Sergei Chernetckii (Russia)
Magnus Cort Nielsen (Denmark)
Laurens De Vreese (Belgium)
Daniil Fominykh (Kazakhstan)
Omar Fraile (Spain)
Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark)
Oscar Gatto (Italy)
Yevgeniy Gidich (Kazakhstan)
Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)
Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan)
Jesper Hansen (Denmark)
Jan Hirt (Czech Republic)
Hugo Houle (Canada)
Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
Truls Korsaeth (Norway)
Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kazakhstan)
Miguel Ángel López (Colombia)
Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan)
Riccardo Minali (Italy)
Moreno Moser (Italy)
Luis Leon Sanchez (Spain)
Nikita Stalnov (Kazakhstan)
Ruslan Tleubayev (Kazakhstan)
Michael Valgren (Denmark)
Davide Villella (Italy)
Artyom Zakharov (Kazakhstan)
Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan).
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