2021 team preview: Astana-Premier Tech

SALLENT DE GLLEGO SPAIN OCTOBER 25 Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Astana Pro Team Alex Aranburu Deba of Spain and Astana Pro Team Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin of Eritrea and Astana Pro Team Luis Leon Sanchez Gil of Spain and Astana Pro Team Fred Wright of The United Kingdom and Team Bahrain Mclaren during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 6 a 1464km stage from Biescas to Sallent de Gllego Aramn Formigal 1790m lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 25 2020 in Sallent de Gllego Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Astana in action at the 2020 Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Kazakhstani team continues into its 16th season in 2021, assisted by Canadian company Premier Tech, who become co-sponsors and fill a gap in funding after Kazkhstan's sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna reduced their contribution.

That's not the only major change for next season, either, as GC leader Miguel Ángel López departs for Movistar after six years with the squad. There's no big-name signing in his place, however, but instead a series of largely youth-oriented signings as the team gets a refresh.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

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As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix