Astana name Klöden in Eneco line-up

Andreas Klöden (Astana)

Andreas Klöden (Astana) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Andreas Klöden will lead Astana at this week's Eneco Tour after the Kazakh team announced their eight-man team for the race on Monday.

The race will be Klöden's first major race since last month's Tour de France and will be the first time in his career that the German has raced in the eight-stage Benelux Tour. Klöden is likely to go into the race with confidence after he performed strongly over a similar number of stages in the Tour de Suisse in June. He finished fourth overall in the Swiss race.

Klöden's Tour de France teammates Kazakh Dmitriy Muravyev and Swiss rider Gregory Rast, who both raced in Sunday's Vattenfall Cyclassics, will also be at the startline in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

In last year's race Astana's best placed rider was Sergei Ivanov. The Russian, who transferred to Katusha at the end of 2008, finished 11th on general classification in the 2008 edition.

Astana for Eneco Tour: Andreas Klöden, Steve Morabito, Dmitriy Muravyev, Bolat Raimbekov, Gregory Rast, Sergey Renev, Tomas Vaitkus & Andrey Zeits

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