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Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev stays with Astana

Kazakh rider Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev will stay in Astana Proteam for the next season (2018). The appropriate agreement was signed these days between the team’s management and the rider.

- I am happy to prolong my contract with Astana Proteam. In this season, I feel like I’ve improved a lot, like I have reached a new level, while my participation in the Tour de France became a huge step ahead in my career. I am grateful to my team for the trust and support, for a chance to continue my development on the highest level. I hope the experience I’ve got this year will help me to reach my potential in the upcoming season. Anyway, the current season is still far from the end and I will do my best to get some strong results in the next races, - said Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev.

Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (25) has debuted at the Tour de France 2017, where provided a great support to the team’s leader Fabio Aru. Besides, together with Kazakhstan National Team Bakhtiyar won the team time trial of the Asian Cycling Road Championships. Also, just before his debut at the Tour, Kozhatayev showed himself at the Route du Sud, where he took a solid 8th place in the queen’s mountain stage placing 11th in the final general classification. Next goal of the rider is participation in two UCI WorldTour one-day races in Canada.

- Despite his third season with Astana Team, Bakhtiyar is a very young rider, who still is accumulating the WorldTour experience. We very carefully approach to his development, not forcing the situation. In the last season, he debuted at the Giro, this year he did a very nice Tour de France, where he showed himself as a good helper in the mountains. I think, beginning with the next season we may expect from him a certain breakthrough, and I am sure it will come, - said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

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