Borut Božič Interview: The Classics season has started and if you are a fan of those cobbles it won’t be long before you see the name: Borut Božič in the results. The Slovenian is Astana’s man for those early hard man’s races in Belgium and Northern France and we were lucky enough to have a chat about his big love; those Northern roads of Hell!
PEZ interviewed Janez Brajkovič at the recent Astana team's pre season training camp. He's won the Dauphiné, placed top 10 at the Tour de France and has a lot to say about training, Bruyneel vs Vino, and even a few words about his ex-boss Lance Armstrong.
It’s that time of year again with lots of teams on the Costa Blanca for their first training camp of the off season. Our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton is on the spot and spent the day on the road with Team Astana. Here is how his day panned-out with the Kazakhs.
Astana Pro Team rider Vincenzo Nibali signed a contract extension on Thursday in Kazakhstan's capital city that will see the Giro d'Italia champion remain with the squad through 2016.
Astana Pro Team rider Jakob Fuglsang will lead a squad of stage-race specialists into the French Alps this week at the Criterium du Dauphine, in a final tune-up before the Tour de France in July.
One of the revelations of this year's Giro has been Estonian Road Race Champion, Tanel Kangert. He was the man seen most often at the side of his Capo, Giro winner, Vincenzo Nibali when the chips were down in the high mountains. He took some time out at the end of the Giro to chat to PEZ.
Just prior to the Giro's fourth stage TTT, PEZ had the chance to chill at the Astana team bus (if “chill” is the right word for such a hot, sunny day) and talk to some of the men who keep the wheels on the bus, so to speak. They don’t get on the podium and they don’t have fan clubs, but no pro team could function without guys like these...
It’s the big news today in cycling – the ASO says the Astana team will not be invited to any of their events – including the Tour de France. Given that none of the team's riders or management have been found guilty of any doping offence, nor are under investigation, and considering last year’s winner and 3rd place finisher ride for Astana, it’s a shocker. Here’s Team Astana’s official response…
“Es indecision me molesta” – as the Clash would say. Even two hours ago the A/W ds Neil Stephens had hopes they could start the race, but if one rule doesn't get ya, another will... After withdrawing 5 members of the team implicated in the Puerto affair, Astana/Wurth is left with only 4 eligible riders - and that's not enough by ASO rules.