Dmitriy Gruzdev remains in Astana Qazaqstan Team
One of the most experienced Kazakh riders Dmitriy Gruzdev (37) will spend one more season (2024) in Astana Qazaqstan Team.
“Despite all the difficulties of this season, we managed to fulfill some of the tasks that were set at the start of the year. This season was important from the point of view of the Olympic selection, and as a team, we did everything possible to get as many points as possible. We showed a 100% result both at the Asian Cycling Championships and at the Asian Summer Games, and I am happy that I was part of this success, that I was able to help our leaders on the way to the gold medals, important not only for the team, but also for Kazakhstan. I feel that there is still strength, there is a desire to work, to be useful to the team, to give myself completely for the sake of common goals. Therefore, I consider the new season together with Astana Qazaqstan Team as another opportunity to help the team with everything I know in cycling”, – said Dmitriy Gruzdev.
Dmitriy Gruzdev spent 12 full seasons in the Kazakh project, taking part in 9 Grand Tours and 20 Monumental classic races where he played always as a loyal helper to team leaders. Alongside to this, Dmitriy was always an important part of the National Team. In 2023 together with the National Team of Kazakhstan Gruzdev won the gold medal in the Mixed Relay and finished 5th in the road race of the Asian Summer Games.
“Dmitriy Gruzdev is a 100% loyal team rider who has devoted his entire career to helping leaders at races of any level, be it Grand Tours, classic races, World Championships, Asian Championships or the Olympic Games. Dmitriy has invaluable experience, which the team needs, and which we can use both in working with young Kazakh riders and to achieve the set team tasks”, – said Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.
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