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Gallery: "Kazakhstan's Dream Team" presented in Astana

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December 14, 2012, 08:17,
December 14, 2012, 08:21
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, December 14, 2012
The Astana team in kit and their bikes for the 2013 season

The Astana team in kit and their bikes for the 2013 season

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Politicians, traditional dancers, boxers join Nibali and Vinokourov

The Saryarka Velodrome in the Kazakhstan capital was host to the 2013 Astana Team presentation with new team manager Alexandre Vinokourov revealing some lofty goals of the back of the recruitment of Vincenzo Nibali.

"Goal number one this year is to win the Giro d'Italia," said Vinokourov. "With Vincenzo Nibali leading a squad of strong, motivated riders in May, we know we have the pieces in place and a plan in motion to get us there."

The 2013 Astana roster includes 29 riders from 10 countries was labelled by Kazakhstan's Deputy Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov, who is president of the national cycling federation, as "Kazakhstan's Dream Team".

"Not only is it an international dream team, but it's also a chance for Kazakhstan's own riders to be a part of a great squad and prepare for other events over a longer time horizon, including the Olympic Games, where Vinokourov became our first gold medalist this year in London, and at the World Championships, where Alexey Lutsenko won the rainbow jersey this year in the Under 23 race in Limburg," Kelimbetov said.

The celebrations for Alexandre Vinkourov continued, following his Olympic gold medal from the road race in London with fellow gold medallist, welter weight Serik Sapiyev, presenting the now-retired rider with a special pair of boxing gloves.

"I know how hard cyclists train, how much their lives are dedicated to the sport, how much they fight to race at the front. Watching Vino in the last seven kilometers in London was more exciting and more inspiring for Kazakhstan than anyone ever hoped for, and on behalf of our country we want to support him and the entire team as he takes over a new challenge in the role of General Manager. When Vino fights, he fights to win, and when Astana lines up at a race next year, we know that spirit will carry on," Sapiyev said.


Tideplay1 More than 1 year ago
Pass the barf bag! Well done UCI. Your efforts against doping are so successful. NOT Time to do a piece exposing the entire sordid history of the UCI CN! Please, A short list Short list of wrongdoings of UCI 1. Accepting backdating of steroid prescriptions despite UCI rule must be declared before start of TDF 2. Knew the the total hematocrit of racers 1999 was so high EPO use rampant, and very high USPS but did nothing, calling it the tour of renewal. 3. Armstrong casting our Christophe Bassons over clean cycling did nothing. 4. Knew Armstrong and Kevin Livingston had seen infamous Ferrari and Livingston EPO records were found did nothing 5. Tour de Suisse triangle otherwise positive test for EPO but lab decides it has to be ludicrous 3 standard deviations from mean to be positive so only suspicious, but UCI accepts money secretly and allows Armstrong to learn how lab works by him visiting lab. 6. 2005 L'Equipe finds by happenstance that lab that created EPO test doing research has research samples from 1999 TDF and UCI forms with numbers only show match of six EPO high positives that all belong to Armstrong. UCI issues a phony biased friends review and they of course find nothing. 7. UCI begins to use LA tactics of blame, projection, denial, and rationalization by suing any and all who challenge there wrongful actions. Lemond, Landis, Kimmage. 8. They threaten to sue to leader of the pro leadership for questioning why Armstrong allowed to come back after retiring with no six month monitoring of his blood. 9. USADA investigation begins and UCI talks to riders and tells them not to cooperate, they try to stop USADA entirely by personal attacks, demeaning the methods, removing jurisdiction, threatening to appeal, deriding all those who took part as having ulterior motives. 10. Even while appearing to accept the decision of USADA their lawyers wrote up a paper that outlined a plan for LA to use that would give him grounds to appeal and tipped their hat that they disagreed with decision. 11. Defamed WADA by baseless accusation of them being anti cycling and personal vendetta language of wanting to do in Mcquaid. 12. Enormous track record of refusing to talk with numerous riders, witnesses, journalists, anti doping experts, and actually joining in with Armstrong in creating the omerta that has almost destroyed the sport. 13. Constant unprofessional, arrogant, dictatorial, and castigating communications that demonstrate that to disagree with their draconian monopolistic powers is to be exiled, punished and destroyed. 14, Started a Private company within their non for profit entity in which Mcquaid and othes will profit from the 800000 euros taken and lost from the pro reserve fund. So my friends, should not the terms of reference be what in the world is the reason they have been allowed to do all these things and more and no one fires them and reconfiures this organization?