- During the last few years I’ve worked a lot to constantly move ahead in my professional development. And now, I am very happy that in the next season I will do so long-awaited step into the WorldTour. I am proud that this step I will do with Astana, one of the strongest teams around the world. That’s something incredible! I am ready to give my best to help Astana Team to reach high results in the upcoming season, - said Jan Hirt.
Jan Hirt (26) is specializing on stage races and Grand tours. In the current season Hirt showed his climbing abilities at the Giro d’Italia, taking 12th place in the final general classification of the race. Among his best performances could be noted a stage and overall win at the Tour of Austria (2016), third place in the general classification of the Tour of Croatia (2017) as well as stage victories at the Czech Cycling Tour (2014) and Tour de Azerbaijan (2013).
- Jan Hirt is a young and quickly progressing rider. In the last two years his development really impresses, while at the Giro d’Italia he proved his great potential for the Grand tours. I am sure, Jan will bring some strengthening to our team, while his moving to the WorldTour level will help him to do a big step ahead in his professional career, - said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.