A venerable who's who of the professional road racinghierarchy have donned the sky blue and gold livery of the Kazakh registeredteam of Astana over the past 10 years. Contador, Nibali, Armstrong, andScarponi have all worn the colors at some point in their careers, often to somevery beautiful victories, but the team hasn't always had the greatestreputation with its marginally checkered past of suspensions and allegationsthat somewhat tainted its image. But it looks like the train is back on therails and for 2018 we've already seen success at the start of the classicseason with up-and-comer Michael Valgren at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Wearing ateam kit on a ride won't give us the ability to add 40 watts to our FTPinstantly, but it does inspire us to push on the pedals a little harder andride a bit more energetically. For 2018, Giordana offers the Men's Vero ProAstana Team Bib Short branded fare for those of us who sat on the edge of theirseats and cheered on every time Vino put in a do-or-die attack. The only differences between the Astana Vero Pro and thestandard Vero are the team graphics and a proprietary fabric blend that letsGiordana sublimate those logos on the shorts. The Vero Pro has the same gentlycompressive Lycra through the crotch and inner thighs, the same four-centimeterwide leg gripper bands, and the same minimal yet supportive mesh bib straps.The team model also has the same Cirro OmniForm chamois with Aloe Vera infusion, forimproved comfort and hygiene making the Vero an excellent companion on longbase mileage outings.