Today, the UCI ProTour commission has approved Astana’s registration. This means that they will have a ProTour license for 2010, and that they will be able to retain the two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador. The team almost went under due to late payments this season. The UCI also demanded that they get a bank guarantee of the finances. “Looking forward to the 2010 season, the UCI requested the Kazakh team to provide an additional bank guarantee so that the regrettable situation in 2009 would not be repeated and so that the request for the withdrawal of the Astana licence would not have to be reactivated,” says the communique. “This request is not connected in any way to the registration procedure for UCI ProTeams …but to the request for the withdrawal of the Astana licence that would have to be reactivated if the bank…
Oscar Pereiro, winner of the 2006 Tour de France, says that he will be racing with Astana in 2010. There is no official word yet, but he has told Radio Galega that “I’ve signed for one year. It’s going to be an important team.” Pereiro had a crash in 2008 that made his 2009 season rough, and he had to pull out of the Tour de France in the first week. Pereiro says that he considered an offer from QuickStep, but instead chose to go with Astana in hopes of riding with two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador.
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For a while, it seemed as if Astana was going to collapse due to financial instability. However, Kazakh officials have answered the call for help and have offered a guaranteed $22 million in backing to keep Astana up and running, at least for another year. This news comes just in time, as two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has just reached a tentative agreement to ride with Astana in 2010. “Samruk-Kazyna (state holding) has provided UCI with a guarantee of financial backing worth 15 million Euro($22 million) for this season,” says Nikolai Proskurin, Kazakh Cycling Federation deputy president.
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A preliminary agreement has been met between Austin and professional cyclist Alberto Contador for 2010. The agreement was met after Contador was assured a revamped Astana team by the instatement of Yvon Sanquer as Astana’s new manager and Giuseppe Martinelli playing director sportif. In addition, Contador found a few of Astana’s new cyclists to be promising for the success of Astana.
Keeping his interest first, Contador signed a 1 year contract with Astana. The short agreement between Contador and Astana will allow the 26 year old pro-cyclist to race for Astana with the option of leaving after his term is up.
In order to satisfy the the prelim, Astana will have to retain its ProTour license, obeyed by all code of ethics, and continue with its internal doping control system….
Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is yet to work out a deal with Astana, as they still do not have a ProTour license for 2010. However, it has been reported that Contador has signed a personal contract with Specialized, worth 700,000 Euros, says La Gazzetta dello Sport. The deal is individual, but it is possible that Astana will follow suit and also sign a deal with Specialized, who provides bikes for Quick Step and Saxo Bank. The UCI is expected to announce on Friday the decision on Astana’s ProTour license. Fran Contador, Alberto’s brother and manager, says that it is possible that Alberto may stay with Astana for longer than one year. Contador is also working on bringing Ivan Basso to the team, who will be available to join in 2011.
While Alberto Contador enjoys his vacation in the Caribbean, he will be back to work deciding where he’s going to ride for next year. His brother and manager, Francisco Contador, says that it is likely that his brother will stay with Astana, but if so, it will only cover the 2010 season. Francisco told the Spanish Biciclismo that the work of Yvon Sanquer, team boss of Astana, is resulting in a “good impression” of the team’s progress. Alberto and his brother will begin talking about what they will do when Alberto returns home to Madrid on Thursday. As far as the rumors go about a multi-year, 8 million euro-a-year offer from Astana goes, Contador says that they’re all fake. “It’s incredible. This weekend I was in Florence relaxing with my wife so it was impossible for me to have met with anyone…
Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is expected to make a decision on who he will be riding for in the 2010 season. It looks as if the two choices will be his current team, Astana, and the Belgian Quick Step. Rumor has it that Astana has offered Contador a contract worth 8 million euros per year, but his brother and manager, Fran Contador, denies that the offer has been made. He also says that if Alberto remains with Astana, it won’t be on a long-term contract. La Gazzetta Dello Sport, an Italian newspaper, reported that Quick Step has offered Contador a four-year contract worth 5 million euros per year. Quick Step’s manager, Patrick Lefevere, denies the amount of the contract. He says, “We have made an offer, knows how much and we will see. I don’t talk…