18-time Grand Tour finisher Andrey Zeits will join Mitchelton-SCOTT for the next two seasons, the team has announced.
Zeits joins the team from Astana Pro Team, to date his only professional team, having ridden in support of the likes of Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Mikel Landa. From 2020, the 32-year-old will join the Australian outfit where he will support its three leaders, Simon and Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves.
Andrey Zeits: “I have spent 12 years in Astana from the first year I became a professional and have worked with a lot of great Grand Tour riders, including Contador, Nibali, Aru, Landa and Lopez.
“My speciality is Grand Tours. I have done 18 of them now and managed to finish them all. My body feels good for three weeks and I will be glad to share my knowledge and qualities with the team to achieve high places in general classification for my leaders.
“When I received an offer from Mitchelton-SCOTT, I thought seriously, why not? I have known about the existence of the team for a long time and for me personally this is an experience I haven’t seen yet. It will be all new to me.”
Matt White – Mitchelton-SCOTT Head Sport Director: “Andrey is a no frills, hard worker. He has done 18 Grand Tours in 12 years with Astana, and he has been a big part of the success they have had during that time.
“He comes with a wealth of experience on a team that knows how to win stage races and he will be a very valuable asset to us as we continue to build our depth in Grand Tours and WorldTour stage races.”