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Astana Pro Team extends Artyom Zakharov

The Kazakh rider Artyom Zakharov will continue representing the Astana colors in the upcoming season of 2020. The appropriate agreement between the team and the rider has been signed recently.

- First of all, I’d like to thank our general manager Alexandr Vinokurov for support and trust in me as professional rider. During all these years I was happy to give my all helping my teammates to win races and it is a big pleasure that in many races I was taking part our leaders won or reached the podium. And I can say that I am ready to continue helping the team in reaching important goals. Of course, I’d like to get my personal results too and I hope in the upcoming season I will have a few chances to show myself. The Olympic Games is the biggest goal and dream for any athlete, and I am doing my best to qualify for Tokyo. It is very important for me to stay in Astana Pro Team during the Olympic year because the team provides me with all the best conditions to train and to prepare for the Games. I would like to thank Samruk-Kazyna for a great support during these years, - said Artyom Zakharov.

Artyom Zakharov (28 years old) is a track specialist and the Olympic hope of Kazakhstan. These weeks Zakharov is fighting on for the ranking points in omnium, trying to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ahead of the decisive World Cup stages in Hong Kong, Cambridge (New Zeeland) and Brisbane (Australia) Artyom Zakharov is sitting on the 7th place in the UCI Men Elite Omnium ranking.

Zakharov has joined Astana Pro Team in 2016 as a trainee and later, in January 2017 as a full-contract rider. Alongside the multiple successes in track competitions, he had some good results on the road. Thus, in 2017 Zakharov won the road race of the Kazakhstan National Championships, while in 2019 together with the national team he won the gold medal in the team time trial at the Asian Cycling Championships. Besides, this year Artyom did some good job for team’s leaders: at the Tour of Oman he helped Alexey Lutsenko to win the general classification, at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey Zakharov supported Merhawi Kudus to reach the final podium, while at the Tour of Almaty he was next to Yuriy Natarov, who became the overall winner.

- Artyom is a good and loyal rider, who is always ready to support team’s leader. Of course, in this moment of the year his main goal is to win the Olympic license in omnium and this is very important and for our team and for Kazakhstan. Zakharov will have a busy December with three World Cup stages and we hope he can do well in these competitions. He is 7th in the omnium ranking and this is a good point. For sure, he will be very useful for our team during the next season in the road races as well, so I am happy he is staying in Astana, - said Alexandr Vinokurov, general manager of Astana Pro Team.

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