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Astana - Premier Tech

Professional Cycling Team

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Astana - Premier Tech is a professional cycling team and part of the national sports project of Kazakhstan. It is the only Central-Asian cycling team in the UCI WorldTour and has an impressive list of wins, including several Grand Tour and Monument victories. The team is well known for its attractive racing style and winning races in spectacular ways through great teamwork with riders such as Jakob Fuglsang, Alexey Lutsenko, and Ion and Gorka Izagirre.


1 OLYMPIC GAMES WIN

8 GRAND TOURS OVERALL VICTORIES

48 GRAND TOURS STAGE WINS

40 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Astana - Premier Tech

IF THE TEAM HAD A MASCOT, IT WOULD BE …

An eagle! It’s an important animal in Kazakhstan, also visible on the Kazakh flag.

FAVORITE RACES

Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta

TEAM JOKESTER

Belgian rider Laurens De Vreese. Just Google his name, and you can find out why. He did an 11.5-hour Tacx® trainer session last week. Yes, inside.

TEAM LEADERS

Alexey Lutsenko and Jakob Fuglsang

FAVORITE SNACKS/MEALS

The perfect tiramisu from our Italian chef Daniele Zanieri

FAVORITE PRERACE SONG

The First Ever Pro Cycling Rap by Astana Pro Team

FAVORITE MOMENT IN TEAM HISTORY

Our Grand Tour victories with Alexandr Vinokurov, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru

GROWING UP, I WANTED TO BE …

I always wanted to be a great athlete when I was young. Before cycling, I was into running, football and basketball, and I did karate the longest.

MOST HUMBLING MOMENT

The death of Michele Scarponi in a traffic accident in 2017. He was a father-figure on the team and one of the most popular riders. He will never be forgotten.

HOW MANY CALORIES DO YOU EAT DAILY DURING TRAINING?

I have a personal nutritionist, and it is always different depending on the type of training — long or short — and there are always exact calorie figures.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE OFFSEASON?

The offseason is always time for family. I try to spend more time with family and relax after the difficult season. That way I can be fresh for the future and full of energy with a great desire to do workouts.

STRANGEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED DURING A RACE

During the Tirreno-Adriatico, I crashed two times in one stage after I attacked, but I still won the race.

ALEXEY’S FAVORITE DEVICE

Edge® 130 Plus

“I prefer the Edge 130 Plus for a race, because it’s lighter and more compact.”
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