Astana Anxiously Waiting To Know License Status

Astana is surely going through a rough phase of late- the once-powerful World Tour team is now anxiously waiting to know whether at all it would be to retain the license to race at World Tours.

The result would be declared within 2 weeks.

The consistent doping scandals involving Astana riders compelled UCI to ask its License Commission to hold back the Kazakh team’s license for World Tours. It even led to a clash between FIC & UCI when the former complained that the latter did not consult the management committee while directing the license withdrawal for Astana. Reigning Tour France champion Vincenzo Nibali is an Astana rider and if Astana is denied of the license the defending champion might not be able to defend his title at this year’s Tour de France.

However, UCI has stressed that nothing is final until the License Commission sits for a meet soon. The meeting is scheduled for 2nd April at Switzerland and would be attended by a delegation from Astana including members of Kazakh federation, riders, sports directors & Astana’s head doctor. Astana was asked to submit every document in its defense by March 31.

“We have been informed that it will take around ten day. Thus, we are hopeful to know the decision post Paris-Roubaix”, stated a source from Astana.

Astana’s license for this year is presently under probation as UCI had declared to strip the team of it’s elite status.

The latest Podcasts On Cycling World

The recent podcast that the Telegraph has come out with shows that their newfound interest is on Spain. Spain is going to host some of the races to start with the season’s stage races and all this came into news after it was announced that Alberto Contador was making this year his last year in the sport.

Alberto Contador is a two time winner and holder of the Tour de France title and this week, he said he wants to retire by the end of the coming season. The retirement of this legendary rider will create a hollow in the heart of the Spanish Cycling Federation.

The four of the legendary yet aging riders Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez, Alejandro Valverde and Samuel Sanchez will be replaced by a group of very talented young riders and this was the topic of discussion for the riders Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore. This is the state of the cycling sport in the country.

Chris Horner Joins Up US Squad Airgas-Safeway

late. The US team is a Continental-level outfit and Horner has signed a one-year contract with the team.

The 43-year-old rider is the oldest Grand-Tour champion in contemporary cycling and he would be riding for home III Division team in the coming year. After his stances at 1st Div. World Tour squads such as Lampre-Merida this year, the veteran cyclist did not find any elite team to sign up with for the coming season.

“I have earned huge success with my cycling career & I am very much proud of my achievements”, stated Horner.

Some Names Omitted From The Aussie Tour De France

Iddo Snowy Munro and Don Kirkham were the first Australians that had taken part in the rides at the 3 weeks Tour which was a classic. It has been a century since they rode. It was a line up by Australia that was in honor of having completed a 100 years at the Tour De France.

The stars chosen to lead the cycling event were Phil Anderson and Cadel Evans. Apart from this Stuart O’ Grady has been a noted omission and will not be a part of the team of Australia for the Tour.

Stuart O’ Grady had made a confession the previous year to have doped. And it is the very reason that has probably made him sit back and he is not a part of the team that has nine players. Stuart had won two stages and also won the yellow jersey for leading the team. His career had been great until he accepted his doping after his retirement in 1998.

The team had been announced in Melbourne at the annual awards function for Australia Cycling. The function saw a celebration and praised Cadel Evans for his performance and outstanding career. Cadel also received a standing ovation at the function in honor of the great 20 year career he has had. Cadel has been the only Australian that has won the Tour along with his 2011 victory.

The team for the Tour which consists of nine people was divided into defined roles and Cadel and Phil were naturally the ones who were chosen as the classification riders. The man who had got the team green jersey thrice in the Tour, Robbie McEwen was the most obvious choice for being the team sprinter. Sir Hubert has been chosen as the captain of the team and Simon Gerrans who has worn the yellow jersey and also won many tour stages is going to be the all rounder for the team.