Paris - Former winner Fabio Aru will lead Astana at the Vuelta a Espana starting later this month, the Kazakh team said on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Italian finished fifth at last month's Tour de France having made a late decision to ride the French showpiece race after injury forced him out of May's Giro d'Italia.
It was a great Tour for Aru as he won the fifth stage and a week later held the race leader's yellow jersey for a couple of days before fading in the final week as he struggled with illness.
He won the Vuelta in 2015 as Chris Froome, who won a fourth Tour last month, was forced to leave the race following a crash.
Aru will be in good company as Froome has announced his intention to race in Spain alongside fellow Tour winners Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali, and top Frenchman Romain Bardet.
The Vuelta begins in Nimes, France, on August 19 with a 13.8km team time-trial.
It will end in Madrid on September 10.