David de la Cruz signs for two years with Astana

The Spanish cyclist David de la Cruz, 32, has signed for the Astana team for the 2022 and 2023 seasonsannounced this Saturday the Kazakh formation led by Alexander Vinokourov. The climber from Barcelona, ​​three times seventh in the Tour of Spain, currently belongs to the UAE Team Emirates. “I am happy to join Astana next season. I had no doubts, the decision was quick when Vinokourov offered me to join the team.or, a formation that adapts well to my conditions and that I like for its attacking style and its ambition, “said the Sabadell runner in a team statement.

De la Cruz admitted that “the first season in a new team may not be easy.” “I will need a certain period of adaptation but I trust that it will be short and I will quickly become an integral part of the team.or. We are going to get a good competition program so that it can help the team achieve important goals and also achieve good personal results, “he said.

De la Cruz hopes to have chances to compete for the general classification in the Vuelta or the Giro, “But first of all,” he said, “I am prepared to follow the team’s strategy and plans to achieve great success with Astana.” The history of the Catalan cyclist, current runner-up in Spain time trial, includes stage victories in La Vuelta (2016), Itzulia Basque Country (2017), Paris-Nice (2017, 2018) and Vuelta a Andalucía (2018). This year he was fourth in the Tour of Luxembourg, fifth in the Tour of Burgos and seventh in the Tour.

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David is an experienced runner who can strengthen the team in stage races, not only in the big ones, but also in the one-week races.. He is strong in the mountains, he likes to attack and he is also comfortable with time trial stages, in which he is able to take time out of his rivals “, Vinokourov pointed out.” We will use David in team tactics in certain races and in the grand tours, but We will also give you the freedom and opportunities to test yourself individually in careers that are tailored to your characteristics.“explained the general manager of Astana.

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