"Our mission in the Tour is to support Fuglsang"

Astana has four Spaniards: Fraile, Luis León, Gorka Izagirre and Pello Bilbao. They start the mountain motivated and with a clear objective.

In the Tour of 2019 13 Spanish participants participate: five (Landa, Valverde, Erviti, Verona and Marc Soler) run for the Movistar (the only national squadron of the World Tour) and four with the Astana. The cyclists of the Kazakh team, Gorka Izagirre, Pello Bilbao, Omar Fraile and Luis León Sánchez, have a clear mission in the race: work for Jakob Fuglsang.

Bilbao, winner of two stages in the past Giro, debuted at 29 years in the French test: "I live it all with great intensity." I love the atmosphere, and I love being here. I feel motivated, recovered from the three weeks of Italy and wanting to do my bit to make Jakob finish as high as possible. in the general. " The Biscayan ends contract and Bahrain tempts him for 2020: "I find myself focused on the Tour, so those things will be resolved" .

Luis León Sánchez also ends his link with Astana at the end of 2019, like Omar Fraile. The two are valued inside the structure ... and outside. Luisle, a 35-year-old from Murcia, has won four Tour victories throughout his career. Fraile (vizcaíno de 28), the only victory won by a Spaniard in the 2018 edition, in Mende, and another in the Giro. "Although we will now park the personal options to make a common front in favor of Jakob" , they explain. "Of course, if there is an opportunity to shine without harming the interests of Astana, surely we will hurry it." In our eight there is a lot of talent ", concludes Fraile.

Gorka Izagirre, a 31-year-old from Guipuzcoa, is the only one of the four he knows for sure that he will continue in formation in 2020. Like Ion, his little brother. After passing through Euskaltel, Movistar and Bahrain, he completes his first course in the ranks of Alexander Vinokourov: "I look very well, adapted and happy to compete in the Tour, perhaps my favorite event, even though I achieved my first success in a large in the Giro ".

The common message of the Astana does not change:" Help Fuglsang as necessary to conquer the yellow or go up to the Paris drawer ". Fallen on the first day, the 34-year-old Danish feels "recovered from the blows and cuts, in a great moment and surrounded by the Spanish mafia ": "Omar, Gorka, Luis and Pello are part of one of my trust groups. they feel supported. " This Thursday, the first mountain test in La Planche.

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