It is to be recalled that 24-old Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev has been being a member of the team since 2015. During his career Bakhtiyar won a jersey of the best mountain rider of Belgian Trriptyque des Monts et Chаteaux in 2013 and Tour of Azerbaijan in 2012, he also got on the podium in the overall standing of the Tour of Azerbaijan and Tour of Bohemia. Being a part of the Astana team, Bakhtiyar has two wins – TTT on Giro del Trentino (2016) and TTT on Vuelta a Burgos (2015). In 2016, Bakhtiyar also competed in his first grand tour Giro d'Italia, where he assisted to his captain Vincenzo Nibali to win a pink jersey of leader.
“Bakhtiyar has showed that he has, as the word is, an “engine”. He is able to participate in grand tours and assist well in mountains. We believe in him. We prolong his contract for one year, he has a good progress, therefore, more complicated tasks than this year will be set before him next season,” commented the team’s General Manager Alexandr Vinokurov.
29-old “veteran” of the team Andrey Zeits has been being a member of the Team since 2009. For eight years of professional career Andrey rode thirteen grand tours assisting his captains to fight for the highest places in general classification. Last year Zeits got for the first time his personal professional win by finishing first in the queen mountain stage of the Tour of Hainan. He also finished twice on the podium in the overall standing of the Tour of Hainan (2014, 2015) as well as on the podium of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (2011). He also has a win of the stage of Vuelta a España 2013 (team time trial).
“Zeits is our old reliable domestique who had learned to win last year. We all together cheered about his excellent performance at last Olympic Games. He was onwards and could fight for medals. We prolong his contract for two years, he is working successfully for the team several years, he is a true professional,” added the Astana’s General Manager.
25-old Arman Kamyshev is a member of Astana from 2013. Arman is the Kazakhstan National champion in a group race. In 2014, Arman won the stage of the Tour of Hainan, earlier in his carrier he had won the stages of the Tour of Bulgaria, Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc, Coupe des Nations Ville Saguenay as well as one-day race Zlm Tour.
“Arman Kamyshev is the Kazakhstan National champion. Notwithstanding that he has only one victory during this year, he is the champion and we believe in his potential! The rider has not liberated yet, he is 25-old only, I think he will express himself. We have prolonged his contract for one year. In whole, Kazakhstan guys grow up; I hope that in a short time we will look forward the wins of our guys in large races!” Vinokurov summarized.