Astana Pro Team produce Tour de France Champion
Congratulations to Vincent Nibali of the Astana Pro Team, who became champion of the Tour de France at the weekend. The Astana Pro Team is sponsored by the Samruk-Kazyna, a coalition of state-owned companies from Kazakhstan and named after its capital city.
Nibali’s tactics in the mountain stages of the Tour were not dissimilar to those of Team Sky: to use his Astana teammates to set a tempo hard enough to weaken the opposition, before attacking with just a few kilometres to go to the finish line. But what made him untouchable over the past three weeks, and therefore a worthy champion, were his experience and calm approach. As well as being the best climber left in the race, the best descender, and the most consistent, his focus has been intense.
The Italian rode a virtually flawless Tour de France to become only the sixth rider in the history of the sport to have won all three grand tours. He took only the best calculated risks, made no mistakes and seized every opportunity to make time against his rivals.
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