Merhawi Kudus will be part of the Astana team for two more seasons. Eritrean arrived in the Kazakh stable this year and won the Tour of Rwanda in early March. Alexandre Vinokourov explained the extension of this model teammate: "
We invited Merhawi to our team, knowing his mountain skills and in the first part of the season, he proved it 100%." Kudus still learns some things and acquires a new experience, but we are pleased with his progress over the year, he has some personal results, but he also impressed us with the way he can help the leaders of the team. N e are looking forward to his new results in the nearest future. "