The Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez will start as the team leader for Astana in the Tour of Italy. The Kazakh WorldTourteam confirmed his eight piece outfit selection Monday on the ploegwebsite.
Lopez, 24, is riding his first Giro but proved his rondekwaliteiten last fall with an eighth place (and two stage wins in the Vuelta a españa. This season won the Colombian climber already had a ride in the Tour of Oman and the Tour of the Alps.
The Czech Jan Hirt also enjoys a protected status. He was last year, twelfth in the Giro.
The selection also consists of the Spanish Pello Bilbao and Luis Leon Sanchez, the Kazakhs Andrey Zeits and Alexey Lutsenko, the Est Tanel Kangert and the Italian Davide Villella.
The 101e Giro starts Friday (may 4) with a time trial in Jerusalem.