Astana take 15th win of 2019 at Tour du Rwanda

Eritrean road race champion Merhawi Kudus is happy to have joined Astana for 2019

Astana took their win tally to 15 after claiming the final stage and scoring the overall victory at the Tour du Rwanda this weekend, putting them two victories ahead of fellow WorldTour team Deceuninck-QuickStep , who took their 13th win of the year at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday. Last season, Patrick Lefevere's Belgian squad – riding as Quick-Step Floors – were the most successful WorldTour team, winning 73 races in total , versus Astana's still-impressive 30. However, the team from Kazakhstan have started 2019 with a bang, and, having already reached half of their 2018 total by early March, look set to give Deceuninck-QuickStep a run for their money this season. But while Deceuninck-QuickStep tend to thrive in the one-day Classics and on stages at Grand Tours, Astana have bigger ambitions, with overall victories at the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España foremost in their minds ...

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