The Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, from June 10 to June 17, serves as a key step in the preparation of many teams for the Tour de France, and Astana is no exception. The race runs for 1,140 kilometers and has hilly stages, including high mountains, and finishes at Mont Ventoux and Valloire.
Kazakh duo Alexander Vinokourov, who has won the race in 1999 as well as a stage in 2005, and Andrej Kashechkin, who also made a strong impression in 2005, will lead Astana. They will be assisted by such experienced Spaniard Antonio Colom and Russians Sergueï Ivanov and Guennadi Mikhailov. Vinokourov is among the favorites for the Tour de France.
Astana for the Dauphiné Libéré: Antonio Colom, Maxim Iglinskiy, Sergueï Ivanov, Andrej Kashechkin, Guennadi Mikhailov, Steve Morabito, José Antonio Redondo, and Alexander Vinokourov. Manager: Adriano Baffi.
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