Back to the Future: Nibali and López lead Astana's 2022 reboot

Vincenzo Nibali Giro d'Italia 2016
Vincenzo Nibali celebrates with the Astana team after winning the 2016 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty)

Astana has undergone its share of makeovers through the years, notably when Johan Bruyneel held the reins in 2008 and 2009, but early this summer, the Kazakhstani squad looked set for its most radical overhaul yet.

Alexandre Vinokourov, the very man for whom the team had been built in the first place, was deemed surplus to requirements and ousted from his position as general manager ahead of the Tour de France at the behest of co-sponsor Premier Tech.

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