Brajkovic Joins Astana

PARIS, Sept 30, 2011 (AFP) - Slovenia cyclist Janez Brajkovic, the winner of the 2010 Criterium du Dauphine, has rejoined Astana, the Kazakhstan team announced on Friday. "With Roman Kreuziger they will form a key partnership for the main Tours and will be groomed to become leaders of the team. They will also be able to benefit from the experience of Alexandre Vinokourov," said Astana … [Read more...]

Astana Has Podium Goal With Kreuziger At Giro

PARIS, May 3, 2011 - The Czech rider Roman Kreuziger has the podium objective in the Giro which starts Saturday in Turin, said Tuesday his Astana team. Kreuziger will have several riders to assist him in the mountains (Kiserlovski, Tiralongo, Masciarelli, Jufra). Croatian Kiserlovski Robert, who had abandoned the Tour de Romandie due to a hairline fracture to a vertebra that had … [Read more...]

Astana Has No Mention Of Contador

MONACO- Embattled Tour de France winner Alberto Contador was wiped from the record when his former Astana team staged their2011 launch on Friday. Contador, who was provisionally suspended after failing a drugs test on the 2010 Tour, did not feature in Astana's video presentation to showcase the27-strong team for the new season. Neither was he mentioned by name despite having been … [Read more...]

What’s In Santa’s Bag For Your Favorite Cyclist?

Sports Fiction: Almost As Strange As Reality

Sure to grace bathrooms, kibos, and porta-potties everywhere Hardcover, soft cover, or e-book, starting at $4.95.  Get yours now at Authorhouse (best prices here!) or  Amazon Between The Sheets You'll Get: Great cycling fiction - nearly as strange as reality! - officially for sale just in time for Christmas.  Cheap:  Hardcover, soft cover, or e-book, starting at $4.95.  Did we … [Read more...]

Evgueni Petrov Signs A Two Year Contract With Astana

Evgueni Petrov stage winner at Aquila during the last Giro d'Italia has signed a contract for two seasons for the Astana team (2011 and 2012). The Russian former world champion hope will be joined by Croatia's Robert Kiserlovski that finished 10th of Giro d'Italia 2010. The Estonian Tanel Kangert and Italian climber Francesco Masciarelli have meanwhile signed a contract for the 2011 season. … [Read more...]

Roman Kreuziger Signs With Astana

PRAGUE - Rising Czech cycling star Roman Kreuziger signed for Kazakh outfit Astana on a two year contract on Tuesday from Italian team Liquigas. The 24-year-old - winner of this year's Tour of Sardinia and fourth in the Paris-Nice - said he was delighted to be teaming up with Kazakh veteran Alexandre Vinokourov. "I needed a change of scene in order to rediscover my motivation," said … [Read more...]

Contador Joins Riis At Team Saxo Bank-Sungard

COPENHAGEN - Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain has signed a two-year contract with the Saxo Bank-Sungard team managed by Bjarne Riis. The move announced Tuesday comes nine days after Contador claimed his third Tour win in four years for Astana by a margin of 39 seconds on Luxembourg's Andy Schleck. As Contador arrives Schleck and his brother Frank are … [Read more...]

Lemond Is Subpoenaed In Doping Probe

NEW YORK - Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond has received a subpoena to testify before a grand jury in the investigation of possible fraud and doping charges against Lance Armstrong, the New York Daily News reported Friday. The newspaper reported on its website that a grand jury in the US District Court of the Central District of California issued the subpoena, which requests … [Read more...]

BLOW OFF THE SHOP RIDE — YOU’VE GOT PLANS THIS WEEKEND

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If you're not excited about how this Tour de France is setting up, you've topped your max heartrate one too many times.  May you rest in peace. On Saturday the Tour heads into the Alps and the real games begin.  Sunday continues in the Alps, then the riders get Monday to sit around and get stiff before the hardest day of all, on Tuesday's stage 9.  And you're not going to want to miss a … [Read more...]

Team Astana Ranked 1st By UCI

The Astana Cycling Team is placed as leader of the UCI world ranking team, with 624 points ahead of training Katusha, 575 points. The Kazakh team counts two of its riders in the top 10 individual rankings: Spanish Alberto Contador in 4th position followed by Alexandre Vinokourov in 10th position. Then there are Maxim Iglinskiy (winner of Strade Bianche) in 20th position and the Italian Enrico … [Read more...]