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Astana – Premier Tech targets Tour de Suisse podium – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech targets Tour de Suisse podium

Astana – Premier Tech is heading to Switzerland aiming for a podium spot with leader Jakob Fuglsang when the eight-stage race gets underway on Sunday.

The Danish rider will return to the race for the first time since 2018, when he finished second overall.

“After my result in 2018, it is nice to return to the Tour de Suisse, a race I have good memories from. I finished second overall in 2018 and it would be great to repeat it with another podium spot and maybe a stage win”, – says Jakob Fuglsang.

After altitude training camp in Tenerife for the final preparation ahead of the Tour de France, the 2020 Il Lombardia winner feels ready to start the second part of the season.

“I have been in Teide and had a good altitude camp with our Tour de France line up and I’m feeling good after some weeks of intense training sessions. The eight-stage race will kick off my second part of the season and I hope to put in a good performance. We will see how my legs are coming from a race break and altitude camp”, – adds Fuglsang.

Sports Director Bruno Cenghialta returns to racing after guiding the Giro d’Italia squad to a fourth place overall and is confident in the Kazakh-Canadian team at the Tour de Suisse.

“We are coming to Switzerland with a strong line-up. Jakob Fuglsang, Hugo Houle, Omar Fraile, Stefan De Bod and Manuele Boaro are coming straight from our altitude camp in Teide, where they had an intense but good training period. We only have good memories of the Tour de Suisse, Jakob finished second overall in 2018 and with Lopez we were able to win this race in 2016”, – says Bruno Cenghialta.

As every year, the eight-day WorldTour race is also the final test for the upcoming biggest Grand Tour on the race calendar, the Tour de France.

“We are aiming for another podium spot this year, which won´t be easy as, like every year, the best of the best are lining up at this race as it is the final test ahead of the Tour de France”, – adds Cenghialta.

The 84th edition will again be a battle between the best climbers, tackling climbs and passes like the Gotthardpasses, Oberricken or Oberalppass on their way from Frauenfeld to Andermatt with two individual time trials on stages 1 and 7.

Tour de Suisse, 6 – 13 June.

Rider roster: Manuele Boaro (ITA), Stefan De Bod (RSA), Omar Fraile (ESP), Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Yevgeniy Gidich (KAZ), Hugo Houle (CAN), Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (DEN).

Sports Directors: Bruno Cenghialta (ITA), Sergey Yakovlev (KAZ).

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

Astana – Premier Tech to play multiple cards at Critérium du Dauphiné – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech to play multiple cards at Critérium du Dauphiné

Astana – Premier Tech is set to line up at the Critérium du Dauphiné with an ambitious team targeting the General Classification and stage wins at the eight-day race.

Ion Izagirre will make his debut at the French stage race where he will lead the Kazakh – Canadian team in the General Classification battle. The Itzulia Basque Country stage winner is looking to build on his early season results, with top ten finishes at three WorldTour stage races to his name.

“It is the first time that I will race the Critérium du Dauphiné in my career but I don’t think that will be a big factor. The idea is to try to and be as high as possible in the General Classification but we know that it is one of the big pre-Tour de France races, with the majority of the Tour de France favourites, so it will not be easy. But we are also aiming for a stage win which would be a great result for the team. We have a good, strong team, with Alex Aranburu and Alexey Lutsenko lining up as well. I think after our training camp in Tenerife, we will arrive in good shape and see exactly how the condition is. It’s true that this if the race before the Tour where you can see exactly where you are, how you’re going physically, and we are really motivated for a good race”, – said Ion Izagirre.

Team Performance Manager Dmitriy Fofonov highlighted Astana – Premier Tech’s versatile roster which includes fellow Itzulia Basque Country stage winner Alex Aranburu and Kazakh road race champion Alexey Lutsenko. The duo will target stage wins and will be joined by Dmitriy Gruzdev, Yuriy Natarov, Benjamin Perry and Oscar Rodriguez at the start line.

“We are now approaching an important time in the season in the lead up to the Tour de France and as always, the Critérium du Dauphiné is a big objective for the team. Ion Izagirre will have the team’s full support for the General Classification and we are confident he can do well in what will be his final preparation for the Tour de France”, – said Dmitriy Fofonov.

“This year’s edition is a tough one and as always, the GC will come down to the mountain stages in the final weekend. Alongside Ion, we have a strong team that will also target stage wins and for this we have two good cards to play in Alex Aranburu and Alexey Lutsenko. After a good altitude block in Tenerife, the riders are in good shape and are looking forward to testing their form in France”.

Critérium du Dauphiné (30 May – 6 June)

Rider roster: Alex Aranburu (ESP), Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ), Ion Izagirre (ESP), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Yuriy Natarov (KAZ), Benjamin Perry (CAN), Oscar Rodriguez (ESP).

Sports Directors: Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ), Steve Bauer (CAN).

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com