Alexander Vinokourov, the team’s general manager, said that the team felt it was the right decision not to replace Scarponi in the starting line up, saying that riders and staff will have the Italian rider in their memories throughout the race.
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“What has happened to Michele was a real tragedy,” Vinokourov said.
“It is a huge blow for the whole team. Michele should have been our leader for the Giro and for this reason we decided not to replace Michele in the line-up, leaving his race number free.
“I think this is the right decision and I am sure the organisers of the Giro d’Italia as well as the whole cycling community will accept and understand it.”
Of the eight riders who will race for Astana at the Giro, Tanel Kangert looks like the team’s best bet for a general classification rider, having finished just outside the top ten in the race in 2013 and 2015.
Full Astana team for the Giro d’Italia:
Luis Leon Sanchez