After the B&B Hotels team completely collapsed late in this off-season, Mark Cavendish was left with few options in his search for a new team. Unexpectedly, the Manx Missile has joined Astana Qazaqstan, a team which, up until a few weeks ago did not have have space left on its roster. However after sacking Miguel Angel Lopez a roster spot opened up as well as his presumedly handsome salary off their books for 2023 too. Good news for Cavendish' wallet as well as fans hoping to see him at the Tour de France, but how will he actually fare at Astana, a team which has historically not focussed on sprinting.
A perfect start of the season for Kazakh rapper, Alexey Lutsenko. In his first race of the year, the Astana Qazaqstan Team rider was untouchable in the 1st edition of Clásica Jaén Paraiso Interior, a race that included multiple hard gravel climbs and was billed as the 'Spanish Strade Bianche,' but with even longer climbs