Haimar Zubeldia Signs with Astana Cycling Team

Haimar Zubeldia Agirre, a three-time top ten Tour de France finisher, has signed a two-year agreement with the Astana Cycling Team. Starting in January 2009, the Spanish cyclist will join Johan Bruyneel’s team, which already includes top Grand Tour riders Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Klöden. Zubeldia (Usurbil - April 4th, 1977), a professional since 1998, has spent his … [Read more...]

Chris Horner Out For Tour of Spain / Astana in Spain and France

Chris Horner (Astana Cycling Team) broke his left collar bone after a crash in the final sprint of the 2nd stage of the Tour of Elk Grove, IL, USA on August, 2nd. Chris Horner was able to finish the race (as 34th) but was transported to a nearby hospital where the break was diagnosed. Chris Horner (36), who earlier finished second in the time trial, was preparing for the Tour of Spain (Vuelta … [Read more...]

Nine Riders Re-sign With Team Astana

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Astana Cycling Team General Manager Johan Bruyneel announced today that nine riders have re-signed for the 2009 season. Assan Bazayev, Chris Horner, Maxim Iglinskiy, Andreas Klöden, Steve Morabito, Dmitriy Muravyev, Daniel Navarro, Gregory Rast and Michael Schär have recommitted their services to Team Astana and will rejoin a formidable team that includes 2008 Giro d’Italia Champion Alberto … [Read more...]

Sergey Ivanov of Team Astana Wins Tour de Wallonie

Russian Champion Sergey Ivanov took the overall victory in the Tour the Wallonie (Belgium). For Astana Cycling Team it is the seventh overall victory in a stage race in 2008. Sergey Ivanov finished third in the last stage, behind Patrice Halgand (Crédit Agricole) and Rik Verbrugghe (Cofidis). Those three riders escaped earlier in the stage with three other riders: Christophe Edaleine (Ag2R), … [Read more...]

Team Astana Terminates Vladimir Gusev Contract

Vladimir Gusev Time Trial Champion of Russia 2008

Astana Cycling Team management has terminated the contract of Russian cyclist Vladimir Gusev due to irregular values. The values were gathered during internal out-of-competition control tests, under the supervision of anti-doping expert Dr. Rasmus Damsgaard. The Team has applied the contractual clauses based on these physiological and biological abnormalities. “Vladimir Gusev has been … [Read more...]

Chris Horner of Astana Wins In Canada

Chris Horner of Team Astana

Chris Horner (Astana Cycling Team) captured the Tour de White Rock Road Race on Sunday, July 20th. That race was the finale of the 10-day, eight-race British Columbia Superweek Series (a Series that has Lance Armstrong on his list as a former winner). The Tour de White Rock is one of Canada’s classic races, on the picturesque seaside hills of the City of White Rock. Horner (36), who finished … [Read more...]

René Haselbacher Stage Winner in Tour of Austria

Astana Cycling Team stays with its winning style. Austrian rider René Haselbacher won the 5th stage of the Tour of Austria from Wiener Neustadt to Bad Vöslau. He beat his companion Emanuele Bindi in the sprint. Both riders successfully ended a breakaway of 150 K. Haselbacher is the new leader in the points classification and Astana Cycling Team leads the Teams Classification as … [Read more...]

Tour de France Winner Alberto Contador May Not Be Guaranteed 2008 Start

Alberto Contador

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador not guaranteed 2008 place Feb 1, 2008 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, who has signed for the disgraced Astana team, will not be a guaranteed a starting place in the 2008 race. Patrice Clerc, the president of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) which oversees the epic competition, said that selection for the Tour de France … [Read more...]