Fuglsang leads Astana into final Tour de France preparations at Dauphine

Astana Pro Team rider Jakob Fuglsang will lead a squad of stage-race specialists into the French Alps this week at the Criterium du Dauphine, in a final tune-up before the Tour de France in July.

Fuglsang, from Denmark, last finished sixth in 2009 at the Dauphine, a week-long stage race that serves up many of the same mountain climbs and competitors seen later in the summer.

“It’s going to be a very hard race, with no easy stages. Each day is up and down, and at least in the first part of the week the weather forecast does not look so good, so that will only make it extra hard,” Fuglsang said.

Astana Pro Team roster:
•Jakob Fuglsang – DEN
•Kevin Seeldraeyers – BEL
•Dmitri Muravyev – KAZ
•Andrei Grivko – UKR
•Francesco Gavazzi – ITA
•Assan Bazayev – KAZ
•Egor Silin – RUS
•Alexey Lutsenko – KAZ

Astana Pro Team staff:
•DS Dmitriy Sedoun
•DS Dmitriy Fofonov
•DR Raquel Ortolano
•ME Mauro Andreola
•ME Jose Gil
•ME Javier Manero
•MA Dmitry Borysov
•MA Alejandro Vazquez
•MA Yuriy Kulishkin
•MA Sergey Lavrenenko
•OS Serge Paoletti

Fuglsang spent part of last week with teammates looking at stages for July’s Tour de France.

“At some point or another in my career I have raced up most of these mountains. A lot of the same climbs are used again in races in some way. For the Tour this year it was good to see the important climbs with the team. In training we had bad weather, with temperatures at 3C on the top of the climb and wet snow. But we got through it and it was really good to see where we will return in July,” Fuglsang said.

Jakob Fuglsang Photo Astana Team.

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