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Eneco Tour 2014

2015 Contract – Andrea Guardini

Astana Pro Team has extended a one-year contract renewal with Andrea Guardini for the 2015 season -

Guardini won two stages this year at the Tour de Langkawi, two stages at the Tour of Denmark and the first stage at the Eneco Tour, where he took the leader’s jersey -

Guardini, from Italy, recently completed his first career Grand Tour at the 2014 Vuelta a España -

Astana Pro Team General Manager commented on Guardini’s contract renewal :

“Andrea is a sprinter who can win races, and we are confident that next year he can compete at the front with Cavendish, Kittel and the best sprinters in the world -“

 

 

2014 Tour de France - Stage 21

Coppa Bernocchi – 16.9.14

Astana Pro Team for the 2014 Coppa Bernocchi :

  • Нибали :: Nibali – ITA
  • Камышев :: Kamyshev – KAZ
  • Тлеубаев :: Tleubayev – KAZ
  • Скарпони :: Scarponi – ITA
  • Ваноттти :: Vanotti – ITA
  • Дьяченко :: Dyachenko – ITA
  • Гривко :: Grivko – UKR
  • Гуардини :: Guardini – ITA

Паоло Слонго ::DS:: Paolo Slongo

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Grand Prix Cyclistes de Montréal – 205km

“The team was pulling to close the gap to the breakaway for a long time – I don’t know how many laps, but it felt like forever -“

Lieuwe Westra after the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Montréal, a one-day World Tour circuit race in Canada -

Westra and his teammates were visible in blue at the front of the peloton for most of the second half of the race, and could hear the cheers of more than 150,000 fans, despite the unseasonable cold in Montréal on Sunday -

Borut Bozic and Francesco Gavazzi took over for Westra after the Dutch rider pulled the peloton for almost three laps – nearly 40km – and worked to bring Enrico Gasparotto to the finish -

In the end Simon Gerrans won on Sunday, just as he did on Friday in Quebec City – Gasparotto finished ninth in a group of 21 riders, with teammate Francesco Gavazzi in 18th -

 

Vuelta Spagna 2014

ST21 : Vuelta a España :: Santiago de Compostela (ITT) 9.7km

“Everything still works – after three weeks my legs are as fresh as legs can be…after three weeks -“

Alexey Lutsenko after the final stage at the 2014 Vuelta a España – a short, wet individual time trial around the beautiful cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain -

Lutsenko finished eighth on the day, 18 seconds behind stagewinner Adriano Malori of Italy -

Fabio Aru finished safely on a late-evening stage where the young Italian took no risks on the slippery, wet cobblestones, like many of the race leaders -

Aru, a two-time stagewinner in this year’s Vuelta, finished fifth overall, a remarkable achievement for a 24-year old rider in his second grand tour of the season -

In May Aru finished third in the Giro d’Italia -

 

Vuelta Spagna 2014

ST20 : Vuelta a España :: Santo Estevo – Puerto de Ancares – 185km

“The rhythm was really high today on the final climb – the team worked to catch the breakaway and in the end I am really happy with my Vuelta -“

Fabio Aru after stage 20 at the Vuelta a España – the final road stage and final climb of the 2014 race -

Aru finished fifth on Saturday – with only a short individual time trial on Sunday, the 24-year old will by all measure hold on to his fifth overall in General Classification as the race ends -

On Saturday Astana Pro Team went to the front of the peloton to work, pulling for more than 40km to close the gap to the breakaway and to look for any possible improvement and perhaps even a third stage win -

With two mountain stage victories already, and a very good overall result, the 2014 Vuelta is nearly finished – Aru, his teammates and the entire staff wish to thank fans, family and friends in Spain, in Kazakhstan and all around the world for their inspiration and support -

 

 

Amstel Gold Race 2014

Grand Prix de Cyclistes Quebec – 199km

“It was the right time to attack, and I put my head in the right place to accept the suffering -“

Enrico Gasparotto after the Grand Prix de Cyclistes Quebec – an 11-lap World Tour circuit race in beautiful Quebec City, Canada -

Gasparotto jumped into a late-breakaway on the final lap, joining 14 other riders through city streets and a large park on the banks of the Saint Lawrence river -

In anticipation of the two short, steep climbs just before the finish, the peloton accelerated to catch Gasparotto and his fellow escapees with 4km to go -

The former Italian National Champion chose to stay at the front of the peloton and retry his luck on the slightly uphill finish – he followed winner Simon Gerrans of Australia to cross the line eighth -