Half of Astana's cash in the next Tour de France has a Spanish accent. Pello Bilbao, Luis León, Omar Fraile and Gorka Izagirre will escort Danish leader Jakob Fuglsang on the mountain. Bilbao won two stages in the past Giro d'Italia, while Fraile and Luis León already know what it's like to win a stage in the Tour. "With this solid and experienced team we are ready to fight for the best possible result," said the Kazakh team sports director Dmitriy Fofonov. "Pello Bilbao is a very good climber, we need him in this Tour de France because there will be a lot of mountain," he added. The Astana team in the Tour de France will be: Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark), Pello Bilbao, Magnus Cort (Denmark), Omar Fraile, Hugo Houle (Canada), Gorka Izagirre, Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan), Luis León.
Pinot, with his praetorian guard
The Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) will be surrounded by his usual Praetorian guard, with David Gaudu, Rudy Molard and the Swiss Sébastien Reichenbach to accompany him as far as possible on the mountain, in the Tour de France which will start on the 6th of July in Brussels.
Marc Madiot's team announced on Wednesday the list of eight riders present in the gala round. William Bonnet, Matthieu Ladagnous, Anthony Roux and Swiss Stefan Küng complete the cast.
Pinot, 29, returns to the Tour after a one-year hiatus. Since its abandonment in the Tour-2017, the Giro of Lombardy, one of the 'monuments' of cycling, won last autumn.
In his six appearances in the Tour, Pinot has the best result in third place in 2014. He also has two stage victories in his record.
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