The Astana team picked proven winners to boost the chances of team leader Jakob Fuglsang for the July 6-28 Tour de France.
Spain’s Pello Bilbao, 29, who won two Giro stages last year, has been included in the team’s Tour de France lineup for the first time for his prowess in the mountains. Three Tour de France stage winners — Magnus Cort, Omar Fraile, Luis Leon Sanchez — have also been called on.
“With this solid and experienced line-up we are ready to compete for the best possible result,” said team sports director Dmitriy Fofonov.
Fuglsang, 34, competing in his eighth Tour de France, won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April and claimed his second Criterium du Dauphine this month.
Astana team for the Tour de France
- Jakob Fuglsang (DEN)
- Pello Bilbao (ESP)
- Magnus Cort (DEN)
- Omar Fraile (ESP)
- Hugo Houle (CAN)
- Gorka Izagirre (ESP)
- Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)
- Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP)