The 26-year-old Italian and 2015 Vuelta champion will captain the squad next year.
Fabio Aru has had an unimpressive run-up to the Tour de France. However, Astana will bet on the young Italian, not former champ Vincenzo Nibali, as team leader.
Astana cheers Nibali's victory in stage 4 of Tour of Oman, but it also loses Sanchez to a crash in Algarve TT while the Spaniard was leading the race.
Italian Giuseppe Martinelli is demoted to assistant manager after serving five years as a team manager for the Astana squad.
The Astana chief says his two GC riders will race opposite grand tour schedules, which could send Aru to France and Nibali to Italy.
In the Vuelta's stage 11, Astana stamps its authority on the race, winning the day, taking red, and eliminating many GC rivals,.
Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru, and Mikel Landa will headline an especially dangerous Astana squad at the Vuelta a España
The reigning champion has struggled to keep pace in the Tour since its start in Utrecht
Low cortisol levels are at the center of a yet another conflict between a team and the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC)
The wily Astana captain can drop rivals on fast, technical descents, and seize unexpected opportunities as they arise
Ukrainian Federation is "outraged" that Hanna Solovey was allegedly fired by Astana for refusing to race for Kazakhstan at the Olympics
Landa reflects on finishing third in the Giro behind teammate Fabio Aru
Astana and Katusha say they didn't know Alberto Contador flatted leading into a decisive climb in Tuesday's stage 16
With Fabio Aru's fading form, Astana looks to young Basque climber Mikel Landa to take the helm as Contador proves unflappable
Giro leader Alberto Contador overcomes flat tire and surprise attack from Astana, Katusha to blast up Mortirolo and extend GC advantage
Astana rode itself inside out for Fabio Aru on Sunday, but Alberto Contador remained unruffled and extended his lead at the Giro d'Italia
With the threat to Astana's WorldTour license lifted, Nibali is giving his full attention to his pursuit of a big one-day victory
The 2014 Tour de France champion pleads with the UCI not to strip Astana of its racing license
Astana met with the UCI License Commission on Thursday in a bid to keep its WorldTour status after the UCI asked to have it stripped
After his big win in last year's Tour de France over the cobbles, Boom is hoping for a spring classics breakthrough
Italian federation president Di Rocco is not pleased with how UCI president Cookson is handling the Astana WorldTour license case
If the squad loses its WorldTour racing license this week, team officials say they will appeal the UCI decision to the CAS
Andrea Guardini likes racing in the heat, and it shows, as he collects another victory in stage 1 of the 2015 Tour de Langkawi
Fredrik Kessiakoff says a win-at-all-costs attitude on the Astana team left him burnt-out, unhealthy, and without a job as a pro cyclist
The UCI announced that after careful review of an extensive report, it will request that Astana's Pro Team license be withdrawn
Spanish all-rounder Luis Leon Sanchez is happy to have another chance to race at the top level after joining Astana on a one-year deal
The 2014 season saw fresh faces emerge in the spring classics, worthy grand tour winners, and a revived interest in the "longest hour"
After securing a UCI license for 2015, Vinokourov defends Astana's reputation, says team will demonstrate that it is clean
UCI President Brian Cookson says the threat of legal action played a role in the decision to give Astana a 2015 license
The team of the Tour champion, under scrutiny for recent doping positives, was granted a 2015 WorldTour license, it announced Wednesday
The UCI's licensing commission is due to announce its decision on what to do with Astana's racing license on Wednesday
Brian Cookson tells VeloNews the cycling governing body wants to see Italian court documents before issuing Astana a 2015 racing license
In all reality, a downgrade to Pro Continental would be a toothless formality, but it may be the only option the UCI has at this point
Banned doctor Michele Ferrari adamantly refutes the allegations that he met with the Astana team prior to the 2014 season
A report claims investigators saw the notorious doctor, who helped Lance Armstrong dope, with Astana riders a year ago
Finding its explanation of the Rabottini doping positive to be unacceptable, MPCC suspends Neri Sottoli immediately, until October 2015
Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali will not quit the embattled Astana team following the doping positives of two teammates and three from Astana Continental
Astana suspends continental team to distance its WorldTour squad from a growing doping scandal
A third Astana Continental team rider has been snared by anti-doping tests. Five riders associated with Astana have now tested positive
The Tour de France winner says the four Astana riders who turned in doing positives this year "have nothing to do with me"
Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali defends his Astana team despite recent doping cases, and hints he might race the Giro d'Italia next year
UCI president Brian Cookson discusses the Astana situation, noting it could have a profound impact on the team's future
The UCI will ask its License Commission to undertake a "full review" of Astana's team management and anti-doping policies
The Astana squad of Tour champ Vincenzo Nibali issued a statement, expressing regret over the recent doping positives of Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy
American Evan Huffman's time with Astana is up. He signs on to ride for SmartStop in 2015
UCI says the Kazakhstan-based squad will receive additional scrutiny due to two recent EPO positives
If Maxim Iglinskiy's positive EPO test is confirmed, Astana will have to sit out the Tour of Beijing, which ends the 2014 WorldTour season
Astana manager Vinokourov has been in talks with MPCC president Legeay to confirm team's options for upcoming WorldTour races
With the Tour of Almaty on Kazakhstan soil this weekend, Maxim Iglinsky's positive for EPO will put Astana's commitment to the MPCC to the test
Astana is backed by the government of Kazakhstan and will host the world junior cycling championships next year
The Italian was driven early by dreams of becoming a pro cyclist, and his progression through the ranks has been a slow, steady one
Astana team management said the cycling world needs to keep its faith in Vincenzo Nibali's yellow jersey ride, despite the sport's past problems