Astana Qazaqstan Team
Astana Qazaqstan Team
  • Nationality Kazakhstan
  • Founded 2006
  • Team Principal Alexander Vinokourov
  • UCI Code AST
  • Bike Sponsor Wilier Triestina

UCI WorldTeam

Astana Qazaqstan Team

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Born from the ashes of the Liberty-Seguros team in the wake of the Operación Puerto scandal in 2006, Astana Qazaqstan entered the sport of cycling during a hugely turbulent time.

The team’s primary purpose is to promote its home country of Kazakhstan and give Kazakh riders a platform upon which they can showcase their talents to the world. Their biggest victories, however, have been taken by their foreign riders, namely Spain’s Alberto Contador and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali who each won a Tour de France while riding in the team’s iconic sky-blue livery.

While Astana may have won the biggest race in the sport, twice, their glory days are long over and in recent years they’ve looked more like startlist fillers than big race winners, though they will be hoping to change that in 2024.

After the departure of Vincenzo Nibali at the end of 2022, Astana brought in a new talisman in the form of Mark Cavendish, who joined the squad at the start of 2023, ostensibly for one final year. However, after a crash derailed the Manxman's hopes of beating the Tour de France stage wins record, he reversed his decision to retire and will race again for Astana in 2024.

With hopes of finally getting that 35th stage win at the Tour de France, Astana have built a strong team around Cavendish, bringing in Michael Mørkøv, Davide Ballerini and Max Kanter as lead-out men, as well as Mark Renshaw as a sports director.

Their 2024 overhaul - which saw no fewer than 14 new signings - also welcomed Ide Schelling, Lorenzo Fortunato and Anton Charmig, who will round out the team's ambitions outside of the sprints.

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The Team

Alexey Lutsenko

Alexey Lutsenko

31

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46

1480

Simone Velasco

Simone Velasco

28

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7

1042

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish

38

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168

873

Cristian Scaroni

Cristian Scaroni

26

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2

614

Henok Mulubrhan

Henok Mulubrhan

24

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548

Team Bikes

Link to Mark Cavendish's Wilier Filante SLR: New pedals, saddle, and wheels for 2024
Mark Cavendish’s Wilier Filante SLR

Mark Cavendish's Wilier Filante SLR: New pedals, saddle, and wheels for 2024

Could this be the bike on which Cavendish clinches the outright stage win record at the Tour de France?

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Top Astana Qazaqstan Team Stories

Link to Mark Cavendish's 2024 Tour de France squad 'miles ahead' of 2023, says Mark Renshaw
Mark Renshaw has chosen to make Astana Qazaqstan his first permanent home in cycling since retiring in 2019

Mark Cavendish's 2024 Tour de France squad 'miles ahead' of 2023, says Mark Renshaw

'Our top 10 riders go head to head with the other teams,' says Australian, as he looks ahead to 2024 and discusses full-time return to Astana Qazaqstan

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Link to 'Knowing I was valued is biggest factor in not retiring' says Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish's main goal for 2024 will, of course, be the Tour de France

'Knowing I was valued is biggest factor in not retiring' says Mark Cavendish

Astana Qazaqstan sprinter discusses the importance of altitude training in 2024, as his coach rules out riding the Giro d'Italia before Tour de France

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Cees Bol and Mark Cavendish first united in 2023, and will benefit from this experience next season

'It will be Ballerini, then me and then Mørkov' in Mark Cavendish's lead-out, reveals Cees Bol

Dutchman looks at the plan ahead for Astana Qazaqstan at 2024 Tour de France, as team revels in the additions from Soudal Quick-Steps's lead-out train

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