The 23-year-old Gazprom — RusVelo rider Alexander Vlasov will make his move to Astana Pro Team on January 1st, 2020. The relevant agreement for the next two seasons has been signed between the team and the rider.
This season Vlasov is defending the colors of the Russian Pro Continental team Gazprom — RusVelo. The rider had the current contract with the team for 2020 season, but by mutual agreement of the parties, an early transfer from Gazprom — RusVelo to Astana Pro Team has been agreed.
"When I joined Gazprom — RusVelo, I found myself in a friendly and united team with an excellent organization of work. From the first months I felt on my place, where I could calmly and confidently develop. I will never forget the victory at Giro d'Italia U23 and my first professional win at a stage of Tour of Austria earlier this year. I am very grateful to everyone: all teammates, staff, management and sponsor of the team for their support. In Gazprom — RusVelo I grew up as a professional. Now I feel that it is time to face the next challenge and to develop further as a WorldTour team rider. I am happy that I will make this step with such a famous team as Astana Pro Team," — said Alexander Vlasov.
General Manager of Gazprom — RusVelo Renat Khamidulin said: "Alexander did with us all the way in the youth category and made his first steps in a big professional sport; during our work we managed to achieve a plenty of successes, but I am sure that the main victories of this talented athlete are still ahead. The development of an athlete is a long and laborious process in which it is crucial to do certain steps, and the transfer to the WorldTour level will allow Alexander Vlasov to take part in the toughest races around the world. And the most important for us is that this journey he will begin as a part of our friendly team Astana, where the work with the young athletes is also in great focus".
"Vlasov is spending a very impressive season, demonstrating a high stability and a character to fight until the end. As we could see from his results, the rider is specializing in the stage races, while we were looking for this kind of rider. Vlasov is young and ambitious, he has a great potential, which is easily recognized. In Gazprom-RusVelo the rider has got a solid cycling school, has got a base that allows him already now to fight on the same level with many eminent rivals. It is quite logical that the next step for Alexander is the WorldTour, where the athlete could achieve even greater success. Knowing about his current contract, we came to the management of Gazprom-RusVelo with a proposal to allow the transfer to our team for the future of this talented athlete. And I am happy that we have found understanding in the person of the general manager Renat Khamidulin, who supported this step," - said Alexander Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Pro Team.