PARIS, June 24, 2013 – Danish climber Jakob Fuglsang will be the
Astana team’s main hope for competing for yellow in this year’s Tour de France
which gets underway in Corsica next Saturday.
Fuglsang, 28, will be the team leader in the absence of Italian Vincenzo
Nibali, who was third in the Tour last year for the Lampre team but has
already earned his spurs for his new outfit this season with victory in the
Fuglsang will be riding in his third Tour, having finished 50th overall on
his previous two appearances, the last one in 2011 the year he recorded his
strongest showing in a major Tour with 11th in the Tour of Spain.
“Fuglsang showed in the Criterium du Dauphine (he was fourth overall behind
Tour favourite Chris Froome) that he is highly motivated to do well,” said the
Kazakh outfit’s sporting director Dimitry Sedoun.
“The Tour de France presents a lot of opportunities for each rider to win a
Should Fuglsang fail to replicate his Criterium Dauphine form then Astana
have a fallback option in Slovenian Janez Brajkovic, who was ninth in last
Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Enrico
Gasparotto (ITA), Francesco Gavazzi (ITA), Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ), Fredrik
Kessiakoff (SWE), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Dmitri Muravyev (KAZ)