Team Astana To Face Licence Review After Third Positive Test

PARIS, Oct 16, 2014 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) said Thursday it has asked its licence commission to undertake a full review of the management and anti-doping policies of the Astana team after a third case involving one of its riders. The Kazakhstan-based team of 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has already been granted a licence for 2015. But it could … [Read more...]

Team Astana Forced Out Of Tour of Beijing For Doping Enforcement

MILAN, Oct 06, 2014 (AFP) - The Astana cycling team home to Touyr de France champion Vincenzo Nibali will not compete in the upcoming Tour of Beijing after they enforced the rules of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) whereby a team is automatically suspended for a week because of two doping infractions within a year. The decision by Astana, who are run by controversial former … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali With Advantage As Astana Wins Time Trial

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MADRID, Community of Madrid, Aug 24, 2013 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team won the team time trial ahead of RadioShack and Omega Pharma-Quickstep as the 2013 Tour of Spain got underway on Saturday. Nibali, who is looking to add a second Vuelta victory to his Giro d'Italia win earlier this year, was given the perfect start as the Kazakh team came home 10 seconds ahead of RadioShack … [Read more...]

Astana Took To The Dane Jakob Fuglsang For Tour Glory

PARIS, June 24, 2013 - Danish climber Jakob Fuglsang will be the Astana team's main hope for competing for yellow in this year's Tour de France which gets underway in Corsica next Saturday. Fuglsang, 28, will be the team leader in the absence of Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who was third in the Tour last year for the Lampre team but has already earned his spurs for his new outfit this … [Read more...]

Team Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali Eyes Giro d’Italia Success

Nibali Wins The 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico

PARIS, April 30, 2013 (AFP) - Cycling's Astana team believe they can win the forthcoming Tour of Italy, which starts in Naples on Saturday with their in-form team leader Vincenzo Nibali. The Sicilian-born rider, already a winner of one of the other main tours, Spain's Vuelta, was tipped for success in the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday by the Kazakh cycling federation-backed outfit's … [Read more...]

Kirsipuu Joins Team Astana As Sporting Director

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TALLINN, Nov 19, 2012 (AFP) - Estonian cyclist Jan Kirsipuu, the Baltic state's most successful rider, is quitting the saddle and joining Kazakh team Astana as sporting director. "My task will be technical support and coordinating team-work during races. I know the Astana team and that helped me get the job," the 43-year-old told Estonian public broadcaster ERR on Monday. He said … [Read more...]

Nibali Signs With Team Astana

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PARIS, Aug 3, 2012 - Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, who finished third in this year's Tour de France, will ride for Astana in 2013 and 2014, the Kazakh team announced on Friday. The 27-year-old, the 2010 Tour de Spain winner, currently rides with the Liquigas team. He also finished twice on the podium in the Tour of Italy -- third in 2010 and second in 2011. Compatriot and teammate … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Eyes Stage Win With Team Astana On Last Tour de France

PARIS, June 22, 2012 (AFP) - Veteran rider Alexandre Vinokourov will lead the Astana team into the Tour de France with Slovenia's Janez Brajkovic expected to push for honors in the overall standings. Vinokourov, 38, will be racing in the Tour for the last time having fallen and suffered a thigh fracture in 2011, but he believes he can still clinch a stage on the grueling race which begins … [Read more...]

Boonen, Astana Dominate Spring Classics

by Justin Davis LIEGE, Belgium, April 23, 2012 (AFP) - Belgium's Tom Boonen emerged as the king of the spring classics, which ended Sunday, with victory in Ghent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and a record-equaling fourth win at Paris-Roubaix. Two weeks after Boonen's blistering start to the season, however, Kazakh team Astana stole a share of the spotlight when Maxim Iglinskiy … [Read more...]

Kashechkin To Lead Astana Vuelta Challenge

PARIS, Aug 17, 2011 (AFP) - Kazkah rider Andrey Kashechkin will head up the Astana team's challenge in the final major Tour race of the season, the Tour of Spain, which gets underway with a team time-trial on Saturday in Benidorm. Giuseppe Martinelli eulogised about Kashechkin, who was third in the 2006 Vuelta before being found to have indulged in blood doping the following year which … [Read more...]