Astana riders in limbo

Riders on the Astana team are unsure of their positions after former Discovery Channel director Johan Bruyneel took over the team, bringing along nine riders to a team with 24 in the midst of a two year contract. In the Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure, 26 year-old Belgian Igor Abakoumov expressed frustration with the management, saying that he hasn't heard whether or not the contract would be honoured or whether the team will solve its financial issues in time to gain a ProTour license.

"I have no news: [Marc] Biver is 'dead'; Bruyneel is 'dead'; the UCI was told to wait," said Abakoumov, who is hoping to have his future resolved soon so he can either take an available spot at Mitsubishi or remain on the ProTour squad. "I have a contact, it's true, but I prefer to remain in the ProTour."

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