Nibali to remain with Astana through 2016

Giro d'Italia champion signs a contract extension that will keep him on the Kazakhstan-based squad for another three seasons

Fresh off his victory at the Giro d’Italia, Vincenzo Nibali signed a contract extension with Astana on Thursday that will keep him on the Kazakhstan-based squad through 2016.

General Manager Alexander Vinokourov, himself a former Astana rider, and Kazakhstan’s Cycling Federation Vice President Darkhan Amanovich Kaletaev announced the news at a press conference in Kazakhstan’s capital city after which the team is named.

“We are very pleased to prolong our contract with Vincenzo Nibali today in Astana, and look forward to supporting his clear-eyed start to the Vuelta a Espana in August and a strong run at the world championships in Firenze at the end of September,” Vinokurov said, according to a team release.

Nibali’s Giro victory was the second grand tour win of his career; he also won the 2010 Vuelta a Espana.