The Astana Pro Team are desperately trying to get some attention before the start of the 2019 WorldTour season when it starts tomorrow for the Tour Down Under. Their method of choice was to stage a horribly awkward attempt at a rap video. They call it the first ever pro cycling rap but we are pretty sure Europcar and Andre Greipel have done this before.
— Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) January 14, 2019
The video was staged at the Astana training camp in Spain. Many members of the team feature prominently such as Laurens de Vreese who seems to be the team’s most enthusiastic rapper, Jacob Fuglsang who gets wheeled through a hallway in a wheelchair, cobbles leader Alexey Lutsenko, Lopez Omar Fraile who has a little Spanish bit, Miguel Lopez who is spared the humiliation of actually participating in the rap video and team manager Alexander Vinokourov.
The video takes a dig at Movistar who in 2018 debuted a jersey nearly identical to the Astana jersey unveiled the year before.
The team also feels the need to remind viewers that they aren’t from…Palestine. Not sure anyone was confused about that one. The team also seems worried about being mistakenly identified as being from Afghanistan (again, was anyone confused?), Pakistan (?), and Uzbekistan but if you were confused don’t worry, now you know they are from Kazakhstan.
Here are two other times pro cyclists rapped with arguably better results.
Ready to Fight – Muax feat. Da Gorilla (formerly known as André Greipel)
Moustache – Team Europecar ahead of the 2013 Tour de France
There have even been better pro cycling music videos:
Call Me Maybe ORICA GreenEDGE Pro Cycling Team