Astana sign Lars Boom for 2015

Astana boost their team for 2015 by signing Lars Boom, Luis León Sánchez, Davide Malacarne and Diego Rosa

Lars Boom wins Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Astana, just five days after winning the Tour de France with Vincenzo Nibali, announced a round of signings to strengthen the team for 2015. The Kazakh team in turquoise signed Lars Boom, Luis León Sánchez, Davide Malacarne and Diego Rosa.

The team of Alexander Vinokourov wanted Boom two years ago before he re-signed with Rabobank/Belkin, but were only able to get the Dutchman now after he won the Paris-Roubaix cobbled stage of the Tour de France. Since Kazakhstan's most direct investments from Europe come from The Netherlands and the 2015 Tour de France begins in Utrecht, Boom made sense.

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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.