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Contador and Vinokourov Unveil Astana’s 2010 Jersey

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After Astana’s first training camp came to an end in Pisa, Italy, two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and his teammate Alexander Vinokourov show a confident new team, and also reveal the team’s colors for the 2010 season. The sky blue color scheme will remain, but the navy blue has been tossed out to make room for more yellow, a nod to the Kazakhstan national colors. The jersey also features Samruk Kazyna and Specialized logos, two of the team’s sponsors. Vinokourov has made it known that he plans to support Contador on his quest for his third Tour title, and Contador also stated that he is ready to defend his title. The team will meet again for another training camp in Spain starting in January….

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Alexander Vinokourov will Race Giro, Wants to Help Contador Win Tour

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Alexander Vinokourov, who helped to start Astana with financial backing from his home Kazakhstan in 2006, has confirmed that he wants to race in the Giro d’Italia, the Ardennes Classic, and he also wants to help teammate Alberto Contador win his third Tour de France. “I am giving myself 100 per cent to the Giro now and then I hope I am going to the Tour de France. For me it would be a big pleasure to return to the Tour of France. I want to help Alberto Contador win,” he said at a press conference in Pisa, Italy. “I will start the Giro for the first time, without pressure; step-by-step. If I have good condition and motivation then maybe I can arrive on the podium. There is not a long time trial, which would suit me. There are lots of mountain stages, but if I…

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Alberto Contador Expresses Confidence with Astana

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Two-time defending Tour de France champion looks very confident that his new “revamped” Astana team will be able to support him in winning a third Tour. Even though Lance Armstrong and about a dozen of his ex-teammates gone to team RadioShack, Contador says that he will make the best of what’s “left behind.” “In 2010, we will not have such important names as we did in 2009, but even though we’ve only been together a few days, I am very happy about my teammates. I have a very good impression, everyone is very motivated and I believe we will have a potent team for the Tour,” Contador said today at a press conference. When asked about his stand on seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong, he simply replied that he has “no problem” with him.

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Alberto Contador Trains with New Team

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This week, two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador gets a chance to get to know the riders and staff of the “revamped” Astana. Contador trained along the Italian coast with Oscar Pereiro and Alexander Vinokourov for the first time since he decided to stay with the team for 2010. Even though Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel, as well as several other riders, have departed for team RadioShack, Contador keeps his eyes on the prize, a third win at the Tour de France. “I know that 2010 will be another complicated year. But after all that’s happened in 2009, I will be able to handle it better. My objective for 2010 will be to fight to win the Tour, to have options for victory,” Contador told MARCA. He admits that the team is not as strong as it was last year, but is optimistic that…

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Johan Bruyneel Criticizes Alberto Contador

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Johan Bruyneel, RadioShack’s team manager, has recently made some critical comments about two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador in an interview with the Belgian magazine Knack. Bruyneel was both Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador’s manager with Astana, but it seems that he sides more with the American. When Bruyneel was asked what he thought about Contador’s comments that he didn’t have admiration towards Armstrong, he said “Alberto has to learn that fame is temporary. His feet have to come back to the ground.” “Contador hit the summit like a rocket. In 2007 he won the Tour when nobody expected it. Suddenly, he became a superstar, a product, a God in the eyes of all Spaniards. And he has money, as much as he wants, since then. It is not easy to deal with all of this when you’re just a 26-year-old rider from the suburbs…

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Astana’s First Camp to be Held Next Week

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Astana will be holding their first camp next week in Pisa, Italy, December 9th through 16th. This means that two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will get the chance to have his first actual face-to-face meeting with the re-vamped Astana since deciding to stay there in 2010. With Lance Armstrong and several other riders going to team RadioShack, Contador will no doubt be looking for who’s still there that can help him earn his third Tour victory. Astana’s 2010 roster so features Assan Bazayev, Alberto Contador, Valeriy Dmitriyev, Alexandr Dyachenko, David De la Fuente, Dmitry Fofonov, Maxim Gurov, Andriy Grivko, Josep Jufré, Jesús Hernández, Maxim Iglinskiy, Valentin Iglinskiy, Enrico Gasparotto, Romana Kireyev, Daniel Navarro, Benjamín Noval, Bolat Raimbekov, Sergey Renev, Mirko Salvaggi, Gorazd Stangelj, Paolo Tiralongo, Alexandre Vinokourov, and Zeits Andrey.

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Lance Armstrong Speaks on Conflict with Alberto Contador

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Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has had many publicized conflicts with other cyclists, many of which have been fabricated just for the media to intimidate his competition. The conflict between Armstrong and two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador, however, is real. “We are not making it up. It’s there,” Armstrong says of the conflict to Australian magazine Sport&Style. Contador is not particularly fond of Armstrong either; “My relationship with Armstrong is zero.” I think that independently of what his character is, he is still a great champion. He has won seven Tours and played a big role in this one, too. But it’s different to speak at a personal level… I have never really admired him that much, or will, ever. But of course as a cyclist he is a great champion,” adds Contador. It’s no secret that we are not friends. It…

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