It’s just a matter of days until the Tour Down Under starts and the 2017 World Tour gets underway. The six-stage race’s first race will be held January 17 and stage 6 on January 22. According to the race’s organisers, compared to previous years when the parcours was better suited for sprinters, the 2017 route is meant for general classification riders.
Astana Pro Team is ready for this first 2017 UCI World Tour event. Just before this race will be held a traditional criterium, the People’s Choice Classic (on January 15th).
Here is the team’s roster for the Tour Down Under:
- Matti Breschel
- Laurens De Vreese
- Oscar Gatto
- Luis Leon Sanchez
- Paolo Tiralongo
- Michael Valgren
- Artyom Zakharov
Sports director: Stefano Zanini
Finally, Australia’s Bikebug Team is organizing a meet and greet with Astana on January 22nd. Join Team Astana for the warm down from the Tour Down Under. Mix with the team, get your photo taken with the pros, enjoy some free food and drink, and hear their take on the race. The afternoon will be hosted by cycling legend Henk Vogels. Click here for details.
About Astana Pro Team
Astana Pro Team is a Kazakh squad that was formed in 2006. Led by Alexandr Vinokurov, the most famous and successful cyclist in the history of Kazakhstan and one of the greatest sportsman ever in his country, the team has a Grand Tour talent in the shape of Fabio Aru, who won the 2015 Vuelta a España after placing second in the Giro behind Alberto Contador earlier that year.