Rigoberto Uran has on two different occasions, come really close to winning the Giro d’Italia.
However, this time around he would be skipping the familiar roads of Italy and make a return to the Tour de France this summer for no more than the fourth time in his decade-long career.
With his return to the Tour, a space would be opening up for him to make a return to the favorable hilly terrain of the Ardennes for the first time since 2013. The veteran Colombian who spoke recently noted that a lot was being changed and this year, he and the team would be trying something different.
“We are changing a lot,” Urán said.
“I believe changes are important, and this year we are going to try something different. We’ll focus more on the classics. [I] won’t go to the Giro after many years in order to prepare well for the Ardennes,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »12.20.16
Not all sportsmen find public attention and praise captivating.
Alexander Vinourkov is one of such men as he rarely shows up at interviews and press conferences.
Despite being in charge of one on the biggest and successful teams in the sport of professional cycling, he seems to be a man of few words who finds solace in the sport and cares very little about what others might think about him.
Vinourkov, who is currently in charge of team Astana, has said in an exclusive interview that he believes Nibali can win the Giro d’italia. He expressed his sentiment saying that Nibali’s chances of success at the competition were rapidly growing.
When asked about how he decided that Nibali would aim the Giro, Vinourkov had replied:
“Vincenzo wants to win the Giro d’Italia again. He immediately asked to target the Giro after what happened last year at the Vuelta. He wanted to find new motivation and the Giro d’Italia is something to aim at. Read the rest of this entry »10.12.16
The former 2012 Olympic gold medalist of Kazhakastan and the current General Manger of the Astana Pro Team, Alexander Vinokourov, is very happy that the three Kazakh riders have resigned their contract with the team.
The U223 champion Alexey Lutensko has signed a two year contract with the team and Vinokourov is seeing this youngster as the future of Kazakhstan cycling. He has joined the Astana team in 2013 and has made an impression in everyone’s mind by winning a few stages of the Tour of Denmark in 2014, Tour of Switzerland in 2015 and Paris Nice Stage in 2016. The manager is encouraging Alexey to be a strong rider and a team man and believes that there are lots in store for the future.
Daniil Fominykh has also extended his contract with Astana team for one year. He has been part of the team since 2014. Vinokourov is very happy for him and is one rider who can give his best for the team and also bring out some good personal results. Vinokourov says that the progressive driver can easily adjust to the team and play the game according to the needs of the team.
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Questions over BMC is being levelled out by Vinokourov as regarding the clean cycling and the interest which TMC finds at as he believes that cheating is not systematic in his team.
The general manager of Astana, Vinokourov is also furious with the interest of the media regarding the doping record of his team. In fact what he thinks is that the Team Sky and BMC have dual characteristic regarding clean cycling.
As per the performance, four cyclists from Astana have been found to be taking drug that is they have been tested positive in the World Tour Roster as well as the team of Continental of the second tier which happened last year and signals have been given to drive out the team of Kazakhstan from the professional cycling. Questions over the legitimacy of Astana are under scanner.
In fact Vinokourov was also involved in a blood doping test for which he was suspended in 2007. The question of right versus wrong is a bygone idea what strikes is cheating versus goodwill in the sport of cycling as well. Read the rest of this entry »04.12.14
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