Contador To Leave Astana

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will leave Astana at the end of this season after he rejected the team's offer to extend his contract, the Spaniard's spokesman announced on Wednesday. Contador "wants to have time to calmly explore all the possibilities available to him during the coming season and no option has so far been excluded," Jacinto Vidarte said in a statement. During … [Read more...]

Contador Expects Full Support From Astana This Tour

by Justin Davis ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, July 2, 2010 (AFP) - Reigning yellow jersey champion Alberto Contador concedes his nine-man Astana team might be missing some star names as he begins his quest for a third Tour de France crown. But less than a year after Lance Armstrong took the nucleus of last year's outfit with him to RadioShack, the Spaniard is confident this year's … [Read more...]

Contador Time Trials To Dauphine Prologue Win

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Written by: Justin Davis EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France, June 6, 2010 - Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador gave a glimpse of his form a month before this year's race by winning the opening prologue of the Dauphine Criterium on Sunday. The 27-year-old Astana rider powered his way over the rolling 6.8 km course in a time of 8min 34sec to beat American Tejay Van Garderen of … [Read more...]

Alexander Vinokourov Answers Questions Before The Giro

What is your goal in the Giro in 2010? I'm here to ride on the Giro for the first time, I think it can bring me a good experience. The legs are there, the motivation too, but we will see day after day, without pressure. After your victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, do you feel more confident for the Giro, or you're just there to get ready before the Tour de France? It's hard to judge a race … [Read more...]

Yellow Jersey Champion Gets A Taste Of The Cobbles

AUBRY-DU-HAINAUT, France, April 27, 2010 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Alberto Contador Tuesday took to the treacherous cobbled roads of northern France that he admitted could dent his bid for a third yellow jersey this year. The 97th edition of the world's toughest bike race will start in the Dutch port of Rotterdam on July 3 and snake its way down through Belgium and into northern France … [Read more...]

Tour of Castile and Leon – Astana: Contador With His Faithful

PARIS, April 12, 2010 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador will race on Wednesday at the Tour of Castille and Leon (April 14 to 18) with his usual lieutenants, including his countrymen David de la Fuente and Benjamin Noval. The Astana team said Monday the composition of its group for the Spanish race, first contested by Contador (winner of the Tour de France 2007 and 2009) since his 15th place … [Read more...]

Team Astana Now Sponsored By Finish Line

Team Astana Names Finish Line Official Technical Sponsor of Lubricants & Degreasers Bay Shore, NY (February 22, 2010) – Finish Line Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of premium bicycle lubricants and care products, will partner with UCI ProTour Team Astana as an official technical sponsor for the 2010 season. Team Astana will utilize Finish Line’s race-tested products, … [Read more...]

No Armstrong, No Problem For Contador

MADRID, Jan 20, 2010 (AFP) Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, buoyed by his undisputed number one status following his rocky relationship with Lance Armstrong, hailed his new-look Astana team on Wednesday. The Spaniard insisted that the 2010 Astana model had "nothing to do" with the 2009 line-up, which catered for the high-profile comeback of seven-time Tour de France winner … [Read more...]

Davis Looking For A Big Miracle Down Under And A Race Radio

The Reigning 2009 Tour Down Under champion Allan Davis admitted he was looking for a "big miracle" on Tuesday after a disastrous first day left him more than eight minutes off the pace. Davis was slowed by a mass pile-up at the start and was also hampered by Astana's decision to come without their team radios, amounting to a terrible opening day of the season. "It would have to be a … [Read more...]

Contador To Kick Off Season At Tour of the Algarve

MADRID, Jan 1, 2010 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador confirmed on Friday he will kick off his 2010 season during the Tour of the Algarve cycling race in Portugal mid-February. "Last year I liked the race and I think it's ideal to start the season," explained the Spaniard, who is the reigning champion in the Portuguese race. "Then I'll go to the Paris-Nice … [Read more...]