Astana has Friday his eight piece outfit selection announced for the Tour of France (7-29 July). The Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang was in the Kazakh WorldTour formation, three Danes in his wake.
Also, Magnus Cort Nielsen, debutant Jesper Hansen, Michael Valgren Andersen, in the april winner of the Amstel Gold Race, took the Astana-core. Ontsnappingskoningen Omar Fraile and Luis Léon Sanchez and furthermore, Tanel Kangert and Dmitriy Gruzdev complete the selection.
The 33-year-old Fuglsang was second in the overall classification of the Tour of Switzerland and also won a stage in the Tour de Romandie. Last year, he picked up the stage win in the Dauphiné. His best result in La Grande Boucle is a seventh place in the final ranking of 2013.
Selection Of Astana: Jakob Fuglsang (Den), Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den), Omar Fraile (Spa), Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz), Jesper Hansen (Den), Tanel Kangert (Est), Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa), Michael Valgren (Den)