Team Astana Retains Their UCI World Tour Licence For 2015

PARIS, Dec 10, 2014 (AFP) - Doping-scandal tainted Astana, whose leading rider is this year's Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali, were on Wednesday granted a World Tour licence for the 2015 season by the International Cycling Union. However, the UCI said that, while the licence had been granted, Astana would have to agree to conditions, including being audited by the Institute … [Read more...]

Banned Doping Doctor Michele Ferrari Met With Astana

TURIN, Italy, Dec 08, 2014 (AFP) - Astana's hopes of remaining within cycling's professional ranks suffered a potential blow after a report on Monday claimed team members met with a banned doctor known for helping Lance Armstrong to cheat his way to success. Astana's Pro Tour future is hanging in the balance after brothers Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy, and three riders from the Astana … [Read more...]

UCI Delays Decision On Team Astana WorldTour Licence

AIGLE, Switzerland, Dec 04, 2014 (AFP) - Doping-scandal tainted Astana must wait another week to find out whether the International Cycling Union (UCI) will grant them a World Tour licence for next season. The UCI issued a statement on Thursday in which it confirmed that licences had been granted to eight teams, taking the total of licenced outfits for 2015 up to 16. But Tour de … [Read more...]

Astana Continental Team Suspended And Manager Sacked

MILAN, Nov 28, 2014 (AFP) - The second division Continental team Astana has been suspended from competition and its manager, Dmitri Sedoun, has been sacked following a third positive doping case, the Kazakhstan Cycling Federation announced Friday. "The managing board of Kazakhstan Cycling Federation has decided to suspend the activity of the Astana Continental Team while an internal … [Read more...]

Another Kazakh Rider Victor Okishev Tests Positive For Steroids

PARIS, Nov 19, 2014 (AFP) - Kazakh cycling team Astana's participation in next year's WorldTour was further compromised on Wednesday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced a fourth rider in two months had tested positive for a banned substance. Victor Okishev, who rides for Astana's reserve team, failed a test for steroids during the Asian championships last May and has … [Read more...]

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

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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...]