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Cavendish has Martin Laas as alternative Astana Qazaqstan sprint lead-out

Mark Cavendish is protected by his Astana Qazaqstan teammates

When Mark Cavendish signed for Astana Qazaqstan, much was made of the last-minute contracting of Dutch sprinter Cees Bol to work as a lead-out man for the Briton in the Kazakh team. However Astana Qazaqstan also have a second option for that role, as became clear in the recent Tour of Oman where Estonia’s Martin Laas worked as a lead-out man for Cavendish.

Bol will be the man minding Cavendish in the bunch sprints at the UAE Tour next week and as such will likely remain the plan A for Astana Qazaqstan’s incipient sprint train. But Laas hopes to be back with Cavendish down the line at some unspecified races later this year.

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