Astana manager Giuseppe Martinelli has welcomed the news that Bradley Wiggins will focus on the Giro d'Italia next season.
Wiggins wants to add the pink jersey to the yellow one he won at the Tour de France this summer, admitting earlier this week that the first Grand Tour of the season is one he is desperate to win.
Martinelli's team is likely to provide Wiggins with his biggest challenge, with Vincenzo Nibali heading to the Kazakhstan team in 2013 after ending his association with Liquigas-Cannondale.
He feels Nibali will be more suited to the Dolomites than the Briton but expressed his admiration that Wiggins is taking on the challenge.
"I'm really happy with Wiggins' decision to ride the Giro," Martinelli said in the Gazzetta dello Sport.
"He's not an extra rival but rather he's a great motivation for Nibali. Beating the Tour champion to win the Giro adds another dimension. Wiggins will have very strong teammates, but Nibali will have a super-team with Fuglsang, Brajkovic, Kessiakoff and Tiralongo.
"The battle won't be between him and Nibali, but between Wiggins and himself, because he's showing that he is really looking for new experiences.
"The Giro isn't easy and he isn't a climber. Certainly, Nibali is more of a climber and the Italian mountains aren't the same as those at the Tour.
"Vincenzo has this team at his disposal, everything he asks for. Year after year, he's always improved, and if he goes badly with us, they'll sack me..."