Team Astana has announced the coming of five new rider to the 2009 squad. One Spaniard, Jesús Hernández, as well as four Kazakh neo pros will be joining the team lead by Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador next year.
"Five more riders will join the team," said Astana manager Johan Bruyneel in a press release. "Another Spaniard, Jesús Hernández who is a good climber and the regular training mate of Alberto [Contador - ed.] Then four neo-pro Kazakh riders, who showed a lot of potential last year on the Kazakh Ulan Team. It is the goal of Kazakhstan to develop the next generation of professional riders, so we took a close look at many young Kazakhs and believe that these four are ready to take the next step in their cycling careers. We're excited for them to join our squad and we will continue to work with them on their development."
To date, the members of the 2009 Astana team are:
Lance Armstrong, Assan Bazayev, Jani Brajkovic, Alberto Contador, Valeriy Dmitriyev, Jesús Hernández, Chris Horner, Maxim Iglinskiy, Valentin Iglinskiy, Roman Kireyev, Andreas Klöden, Berik Kupeshov, Levi Leipheimer, Steve Morabito, Dmitriy Muravyev, Daniel Navarro, Benjamín Noval, Sérgio Paulinho, Bolat Raimbekov, Gregory Rast, Sergey Renev, José Luis Rubiera, Michael Schär, Tomas Vaitkus, Andrey Zeits, Haimar Zubeldia.