Kreuziger supports Astana's ambitions in Contador's absence

Roman Kreuziger escape, Vuelta a Espana 2010, stage 9

Czech rider Roman Kreuziger will lead Astana at the Giro d'Italia in May 2011, his first three-week assignment following the departure of the team's star, Alberto Contador.

"The Giro is a great race and I think I stand a chance to make the podium there," Kreuziger wrote on his website. "We will put together the strongest team possible, so it could be interesting."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.