Astana signs Breschel and Bilbao

Matti Breschel and Pello Bilbao among four new signings announced by Astana on Wednesday

PARIS (AFP) — Denmark’s Matti Breschel (currently riding for Cannondale – Drapac) and Spain’s Pello Bilbao (currently riding for Caja Rural) are among four new riders recruited by Astana for 2017, the team announced Wednesday.

Breschel, 32, has twice climbed the podium at the world championship road race, notching bronze in 2008 and silver in 2010. He has also claimed multiple top 10s across the spring classics, among them a podium finish at Gent-Wevelgem in 2012.

Bilbao, 26, has delivered Tour of Turkey stage wins in back-to-back years to go along with a collection of victories in other Continental Circuit races, including the overall title at the 2015 Tour de Beauce.

Kazakh Zhandos Bizhigitov (Vino4ever), 25, and Russian Sergey Chernetskiy (Katusha), 26, will also join Astana next year.