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 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has described the 2009 season as both his best and his most difficult year in the sport. Speaking to Spanish daily AS , the Astana team leader said this had been his best season “not only because I won the Tour, but also because I was in contention in every race I took part in and took some very good results”. Naturally, he was asked about the nature of the difficulties and once again reflected on the difficulties he’d faced within the Astana ...

Contador: 2009 was my best but most difficult season

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has described the 2009 season as both his best and his most difficult year in the sport. Speaking to Spanish daily AS , the Astana team leader said this had been his best season “not only because I won the Tour, but also because I was in contention in […]

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 An investigation into medical equipment seized by French police during the Tour de France is closing in on the Astana team. A new report by Le Monde states that the Central Office against Environmental Damage and Public Health (OCLAESP) will focus any further proceedings on the Astana team after finding insufficient evidence against other teams. The public prosecutor in Paris opened the investigation in October after OCLAESP claimed it had uncovered "suspect" syringes of various sizes ...

French agency targets Astana for illegal transfusion kit

An investigation into medical equipment seized by French police during the Tour de France is closing in on the Astana team. A new report by Le Monde states that the Central Office against Environmental Damage and Public Health (OCLAESP) will focus any further proceedings on the Astana team after finding insufficient evidence against other teams. […]

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 Alexander Vinokourov confirmed his goals at a team Astana press conference on Friday in Pisa, Italy. He wants to be competitive in the Giro d'Italia, the Ardennes Classics and the Tour de France. "I am giving myself 100 per cent to the Giro now and then I hope I am going to the Tour de France. For me it would be a big pleasure to return to the Tour of France. I want to help Alberto Contador win," Vinokourov said. Kazakhstan's Vinokourov helped create the team with financial backers from ...

Vinokourov confirms Giro, desire to race Tour

Alexander Vinokourov confirmed his goals at a team Astana press conference on Friday in Pisa, Italy. He wants to be competitive in the Giro d’Italia, the Ardennes Classics and the Tour de France. “I am giving myself 100 per cent to the Giro now and then I hope I am going to the Tour de […]

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Gasparotto ready to prove place in Astana

Enrico Gasparotto is ready to prove his place at Astana after joining from Lampre. Speaking to Cyclingnews from the Astana team camp in Pisa, Italy, the former Lampre rider said that he has the responsibility to lead the team in Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo. “It is similar to being with team Barloworld, I was captain in […]

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 The UCI ProTour commission today approved the registration of the Astana team for 2010, thus ensuring that it will retain both its ProTour licence and the services of Tour de France champion Alberto Contador. The existence of the Kazakhstan squad had been under serious threat due to a series of late payments this season. The financial troubles led to extra demands from the UCI, including a bank guarantee covering the year's budget. While this has not yet been provided, a UCI press release issued ...

Astana keeps ProTour licence and Contador

The UCI ProTour commission today approved the registration of the Astana team for 2010, thus ensuring that it will retain both its ProTour licence and the services of Tour de France champion Alberto Contador. The existence of the Kazakhstan squad had been under serious threat due to a series of late payments this season. The […]

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 Haimar Zubeldia has confirmed that he will be joining the mass exodus of talent from Astana to RadioShack. The 32-year-old Spanish rider has managed to extricate himself from the final year of a two-year deal he had signed with the Kazakh team in order to follow Johan Bruyneel and Co to the new American team. Speaking to Todociclismo.com , Zubeldia admitted that he had thought long and hard about whether to stay at Astana with Spain’s Tour de France champion Alberto Contador or opt to join ...

Zubeldia: RadioShack is the best option for me

Haimar Zubeldia has confirmed that he will be joining the mass exodus of talent from Astana to RadioShack. The 32-year-old Spanish rider has managed to extricate himself from the final year of a two-year deal he had signed with the Kazakh team in order to follow Johan Bruyneel and Co to the new American team. […]

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 After months of speculation about his future, two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador announced that he and his current team Astana have reached a preliminary agreement to fulfill the remainder of the contract that binds them through the end of 2010, assuming some conditions are met. Both sides agreed on Thursday that Contador will continue with Astana for 2010 if the team retains its ProTour license, remains in strict compliance with the code of ethics and maintains an internal doping control ...

Alberto Contador, Astana reach preliminary agreement

After months of speculation about his future, two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador announced that he and his current team Astana have reached a preliminary agreement to fulfill the remainder of the contract that binds them through the end of 2010, assuming some conditions are met. Both sides agreed on Thursday that Contador will […]

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 Tomorrow's final deadline for the UCI’s registration of teams is crucial for the future of the Astana team. The governing body is poised to make a decision about whether or not the Kazakh squad will continue in the ProTour, and this will also determine whether or not Alberto Contador will stay. The double Tour de France winner has one year remaining on his current contract, but it’s widely accepted that if the team loses out, he will be free to head elsewhere. "We had a meeting ...

Tomorrow is D-Day for Astana team

Tomorrow’s final deadline for the UCI’s registration of teams is crucial for the future of the Astana team. The governing body is poised to make a decision about whether or not the Kazakh squad will continue in the ProTour, and this will also determine whether or not Alberto Contador will stay. The double Tour de […]

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 Lance Armstrong will be even more of a threat at the 2010 Tour de France , according to World Champion Cadel Evans "He's going to be bigger and more dangerous than in 2009. I think we'll see Armstrong at another level in 2010," Evans told Australian news agency AAP . Armstrong returned to cycling this year following a three-year retirement. The seven-time Tour de France winner finished third in this year's edition of the Tour, after a battle for victory with his Astana teammate and eventual ...

Armstrong a bigger Tour threat next year, says Evans

Lance Armstrong will be even more of a threat at the 2010 Tour de France , according to World Champion Cadel Evans “He’s going to be bigger and more dangerous than in 2009. I think we’ll see Armstrong at another level in 2010,” Evans told Australian news agency AAP . Armstrong returned to cycling this […]

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Samuel Sánchez looks on the bright side of 2009

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