New structure of Astana Pro Team cycle team presented in Astana (VIDEO)
Today in Astana the solemn presentation of the Astana Pro Team cycle team dated to the 25 anniversary of independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan took place. The sports public of the country got acquainted with updated team's line-up for 2017, correspondent BNews.kz reported.
The Astana Pro Team cycle team - one of the most top teams of world professional cycling which represents Kazakhstan and wins victories worldwide, including Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. On the account of team in 10 years there are 248 victories on the most prestigious cycle races of the world, including three grand rounds – Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España.
"I express huge gratitude to organizers, National Olympic Committee for the fact that today's event is held in the run-up to the 25 anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan. We, of course, wish all of you great success and big victories!" the Minister for Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly addressed the best cyclists.
Now the captain is Italian Fabio Ara. As a part of 28 racers from 9 countries of the world. Alexander Vinokurov who is the general manager of cycle team today was one of eminent captains. The cycle team exists for 10 years, and for them the next year is "a new era".
"In the run-up to the 25 anniversary of independence we couldn't but arrive to our capital to provide team here. It pleases also 10-year anniversary of team. There is a wish to thank, first, the Head of state for support of all sport and in particular cycling. The youth grows, there will be not one more medal, the flag of Kazakhstan will be carried highly," Alexander Vinokurov promised.
During an official part new bicycles of the Argon 18 brand and a form which next year will receive more modern design were provided, having kept, at the same time, the traditional turquoise color of jersey which was so fallen in love to fans. The team passes from Moa factory to the Giordana company which offers the latest technologies.
The presidential club "Astana" is created at the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and represents the national Astana brand on the international sports scene. Under banners of professional club "Astana" the most successful Kazakhstan sports projects — the professional cycle team "Astana Pro Team", football club "Astana", hockey club "Barys", Astana basketball club, team on rally raids of "Astana Motosports", boxing club "Astana Arlans" act.