Premier Tech’s ousting at Astana down to Vinokourov rift and his imminent return

Alexandre Vinokourov was forced out of his role as team principal at Astana-Premier Tech in June
Alexandre Vinokourov (Image credit: Getty Images)

The shock news that came out on Thursday evening surrounding Premier Tech’s departure from Astana after just one season as a co-sponsor sent shockwaves through both the team and the WorldTour. The official statement announcing Premier Tech’s withdrawal as a 50-50 partner broke just after their CEO Jean Belanger had gathered the staff to break the news, and Cyclingnews has learned that the split centered around a disagreement over the future of Alexandre Vinokourov

The former team principal had been removed from his job just a few days ahead of the Tour de France but rumblings of legal reprisals and an eventual U-turn from the Kazakh side of the management eventually saw Premier Tech head for the exit door.

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