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Astana racing, Biver healthy

The Astana riders may or may not be getting paid, but they are still racing. The team announced its line-up for the Coppa Sabatini on October 11, which runs 197.7 kilometres in the province of Pisa. The team will feature five Kazakh riders, two Swiss and one Belgian: Igor Abakoumov, Maxim Gourov, Maxim Iglinsky, Andrey Mizourov, Gregory Rast, Michael Schär, Yevgeny Sladkov and Serguei Yakovlev.

In addition, the team confirmed that Marc Biver had returned from a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, at which he "did not manage to find a satisfactory agreement with the Kazakh Cycling Federation for the modifications to be made to the current Astana Cycling Team." It also said that he returned in good health, and "was not the victim of a cardiac incident, as certain completely unfounded rumours said."

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