Astana City

Astana City (UCI team code: TSE) was a professional road bicycle racing team sponsored by the Samruk-Kazyna, a coalition of state-owned companies from Kazakhstan and named after its capital city Astana. Astana City acted as a junior feeder team to Astana–Premier Tech, alongside Vino 4ever SKO.[1] The team disbanded at the end of the 2019 season.

Astana City
Équipe Astana City en 2019.jpg
Team information
UCI codeTSE
RegisteredKazakhstan
Founded2012 (2012)
Disbanded2019
Discipline(s)Road
StatusUCI Continental Team
BicyclesSpecialized
Key personnel
General managerSéamus Harford
Alexander Nadobenko
Team name history
2012–2014
2015
2016–2019
Continental Team Astana
Seven Rivers Cycling Team
Astana City

Team historyEdit

2014: Three doping positivesEdit

During the 2014 season three riders, Ilya Davidenok, Victor Okishev and Artur Fedosseyev tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids. Davidenok tested positive at the Tour de l'Avenir, Okishev tested positive at the Asian Cycling Championships while Fedosseyev tested positive at Tour de l'Ain. The riders were provisionally suspended awaiting doping hearings.[2][3][4] The next day Alexander Vinokourov, head of Astana–Premier Tech, was reported to have suspended the entire continental team.[5]

2015: Seven RiversEdit

In 2015 the team changed name to Seven Rivers Cycling Team.[6] Six of the ten riders had previously ridden for the Continental Team Astana.[7]

2016: Astana CityEdit

In 2016, the team changed name to Astana City and retained eight riders from Seven Rivers.[8]

Final rosterEdit

Rider Date of birth
  Galym Akhmetov (KAZ) (1995-03-20)20 March 1995 (aged 23)
  Olzhas Bayembayev (KAZ) (1999-01-22)22 January 1999 (aged 19)
  Igor Chzhan (KAZ) (1999-10-02)2 October 1999 (aged 19)
  Ramis Dinmukhametov (KAZ) (2000-09-21)21 September 2000 (aged 18)
  Maxim Gridchin (KAZ) (2000-05-17)17 May 2000 (aged 18)
  Anton Kuzmin (KAZ) (1996-11-20)20 November 1996 (aged 22)
Rider Date of birth
  Sergey Luchshenko (KAZ) (1994-06-25)25 June 1994 (aged 24)
  Daniil Marukhin (KAZ) (1999-02-13)13 February 1999 (aged 19)
  Bolat Niyazov (KAZ) (2000-02-24)24 February 2000 (aged 18)
  Nurbergen Nurlykhassym (KAZ) (2000-03-25)25 March 2000 (aged 18)
  Dinmukhammed Ulysbayev (KAZ) (1998-07-21)21 July 1998 (aged 20)
  Ivan Zaitsev (KAZ) (1999-02-24)24 February 1999 (aged 19)

Major winsEdit

2012
Stage 2a Vuelta a la Independencia Nacional, Ruslan Tleubayev
Stage 4 Vuelta a la Independencia Nacional, Arman Kamyshev
Stage 2 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Nikita Umerbekov
Stage 5 Heydar Aliyev Anniversary Tour, Nikita Umerbekov
Overall Saguenay U23, Arman Kamyshev
Stages 1 & 3, Arman Kamyshev
Sant'Ermete, Ruslan Tleubayev
Stage 3 Baby Giro, Ruslan Tleubayev
Stage 1 Giro della Valle d'Aosta, Arman Kamyshev
Stage 5 Giro della Valle d'Aosta, Alexey Lutsenko
Stage 1 Tour Alsace, Ruslan Tleubayev
Stage 5 Tour de l'Avenir, Alexey Lutsenko
Overall Tour of Bulgaria, Maxat Ayazbayev
Stage 1b, Alexey Lutsenko
Stage 2, Arman Kamyshev
2013
Stage 7 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Evgeniy Nepomnyachshiy
Stage 5 Priirtyshe Stage Race, Ilya Davidenok
Atina, Maxat Ayazbayev
2014
Stage 7 Vuelta a la Independencia Nacional, Nurbolat Kulimbetov
Stage 5 Tour de Normandie, Marco Benfatto
Stage 2 Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste trophée harmonie Mutuelle, Vadim Galeyev
Stages 2 & 4 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Marco Benfatto
Stage 3 Tour of China II, Vadim Galeyev
2015
Stage 4 Bałtyk–Karkonosze Tour, Nurbolat Kulimbetov
Stage 4 Tour of Bulgaria, Nikita Panassenko
2016
Grand Prix of ISD, Nurbolat Kulimbetov
2017
Stage 5a (ITT) Baltyk–Karkonosze Tour, Vadim Pronskiy
Stage 5b Baltyk–Karkonosze Tour, Grigoriy Shtein
Stage 3 Grand Prix Priessnitz spa, Dinmukhammed Ulysbayev
2018
Overall Tour of Fatih Sultan Mehmet
Stage 1, Galym Akhmetov
Overall Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc, Vadim Pronskiy
Stage 4, Vadim Pronskiy

World, Continental and National championsEdit

2012
  World U23 Road Race Championships, Alexey Lutsenko
2013
  Asian U23 Continental Time Trial Championships, Daniil Fominykh
2014
  Asian U23 Continental Time Trial Championships, Viktor Okishev
  Kazakhstan National Road Race Championships, Ilya Davidenok

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CyclingQuotes.com Astana to present five teams in Kazakhstan".
  2. ^ Cycling News. "UCI to review Astana WorldTour licence". Cyclingnews.com.
  3. ^ Cycling News. "Astana Continental rider Okishev tests positive for steroids". Cyclingnews.com.
  4. ^ Cyclingnews: Fedosseyev is fifth doping case for Astana organisation, cyclingnews.com, 26 November 2014
  5. ^ Stephen Farrand. "Vinokourov suspends Astana Continental team". Cyclingnews.com.
  6. ^ "Seven Rivers Cycling Team".
  7. ^ "Astana Continental Team suspended by Alexander Vinokourov over doping scandals". Cycling Weekly. 27 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Astana City".