Paris - Astana picked proven winners on Wednesday to boost the chances of
team leader Jakob Fuglsang for the July 6-28 Tour de France.
Spain's Pello Bilbao, 29, who won two Giro stages last year, has been
included in the team's Tour de France line-up for the first time for his
prowess in the mountains.
Three Tour de France stage winners - Magnus
Cort, Omar Fraile, Luis Leon Sanchez - have also been called on.
"With this solid and experienced line-up we are ready to compete for
the best possible result," said team sports director Dmitriy Fofonov.
Fuglsang, 34, competing in his eighth Tour de France, won the
Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April and claimed his second Criterium du
Dauphine this month.
Astana team for the Tour de France:
Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Pello Bilbao (ESP), Magnus Cort (DEN), Omar
Fraile (ESP), Hugo Houle (CAN), Gorka Izagirre (ESP), Alexey Lutsenko
(KAZ), Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP)