Allen Chayzhunusov, vice-president of the Kazakhstan Cycling Federation has confirmed Vinenzo Nibali has joined Team Astana on a two year contract from Liquigas Cannondale.
He will take two of his team-mates from Liquigas to his new team, with Valerio Agnoli and Alessandro Vanotti also joining the Kazakh team.
The Italian has posted some solid results this season, most recently finishing third in the Tour de France behind the two Brits. This season he has also claimed victory in Tirreno-Adriatico and came second in both the Tour of Oman and Liege-Bastongne-Liege. Nibali also claimed third spot in Milan-San Remo.
The Kazakh team, under general manager Giuseppe Martinelli, will have a strong Italian faction in the coming year. In addition to these three riders, there are currently six Italian riders on the team and a number of Italian mechanics, soigneurs and doctors.
Nibali’s arrival at Astana is expected to signal the departure of Roman Kreuziger, who is rumoured to be moving to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank.