The Kazakh WorldTour team Astana has Tuesday let you know in 2019 not to continue with renner Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev. The 26-year-old Kazak was to investigate cardiac abnormalities identified.
The state of Kozhatayev was apparent when in september on a training camp a “gezondheidsincident” took place, according to Astana. Then let the Kazakh team’s rider thoroughly screen. “During that test were fortunately no life-threatening injuries is found, ‘ explained teamdokter Serge Niamke out. “But there were some abnormalities that are not compatible with cycling on the WorldTour level. There was, therefore, decided not to go with the rider and get him to advise his professional career to stop.”
General maanger Alexandre Vinokourov spoke of a very nasty case. “I find this very unfortunate. Kozhatayev is a young, talented rider. But the health is always on the first place. Cycling at WorldTour level was impossible for him to become. The team supports him fully in this difficult period. We thank him for his years with us and wish him well in the future – in the first place – good health and much happiness.”
Kozhatayev was in 2015 prof at Astana, reed, and especially in the service of other riders. He holds no pro victory. In 2017 he rode in his first Tour de France on a 93rd place.