- One of the main goals of Astana Proteam is searching and development of the young talents. This is the reason why every year we try to invite the riders in our team as trainees. This season is not an exception, so beginning from August 1st, two young guys, Yevgeniy Gidich and Karl Patrick Lauk will join Astana. Both riders are passing a bright season, scoring a number of strong promising results. In Astana Team they will get a chance to do a set of professional races, where they could show themselves as well as we could evaluate their potential, - explains general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.
Yevgeniy Gidich (21) this season rides for the continental team Vino – Astana Motors. In the last two years Yevgeniy reached a number of high results as a stage and the overall win at The Princess Maha Chackri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand (2017), three stage victories at the Tour of Qinghai Lake (2016, 2017), stages of the Tour of Bulgaria (2016) and Tour of Iran (2016), 2nd place in GC of the Le Tour de Filipinas (2016), 2nd place in the road race of the Asian Cycling Championships U23 (2017), 3rd place in the overall classification of the Tour de Korea (2017).
With Astana Proteam Gidich will do Arctic Race of Norway, Brussels Cycling Classic, GP de Fourmies, Tour of Denmark and Tour of Turkey.
Karl Patrick Lauk (20) is a member of a French amateur team Pro Immo Nicolas Roux. Karl Patrick has a few victories and podium places in the national French calendar as well as a stage and the final classification win at the Tour of Estonia, UCI 2.1 category (2017).
Lauk will take part in Cyclassics Hamburg, Bretagne Classic, Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli and Tour of Guangxi.