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Astana in disarray...?

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Mellow Velo said:
Yes, for 2 weeks?

Must be for secretly visiting Vino's "expert", instead of Jo Hog's.

Can a Kazakh be too successful, these days?

Sounds like they suspended him for an internal test before he failed an official test. They will adjust the mix of his jet fuel and he will be ready to fly high next month.
 
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Sounds like they suspended him for an internal test before he failed an official test. They will adjust the mix of his jet fuel and he will be ready to fly high next month.

I knew there would be a "see we are serious about doping" move by them before the TdF. Gotta keep the image up.....what did Lance Twitter about it?
 
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Mellow Velo said:
The Belgians are convinced, that by this time tomorrow, they will be extinct.
http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/090615_uci_50_verdachte_renners

And Astana refuses to pay that extra bank guarantee, according to Kazakh cycling federation spokesman Wagtmans, because the UCI supposedly can't legitimate such a measure. They accordingly assume that Astana will get invited to the Tour, even without a Protour license. Which prompted Bruyneel to say he's really fed up with the kazakhs, and rather would like to end their agreement. It's not really clear if that means he'd just quit and Astana as a team keeps on going the way it is now, or that he will form a new team with the greater part of the Astana crew.

It certainly looks like Astana wants to play it hard now, and so does McQuaid. Will this eventually lead to Team Armstrong making it into the peloton a lot sooner than expected?
 
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Mellow Velo said:
Astana secured USD9m from a "mystery American company operating in the Kazak market" today..........

wondering if my bet on HP may pay off.. :?
 

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wondering if my bet on HP may pay off.. :?

These pictures might assist on the new sponsor......

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Yeah I would not put any bets or money on HP.

They are on the way out the back!
 
I have never been happy about Astana as a pro tour team. First they were a sweetheart set up for Vino so he could have his own team to support him. Then he got caught blood doping and Astana morphed into Borat-Disco. Second, it has been just plain weird watching Discovery riders in Astana kits and having to keep some token Khazaks on the squad to satisfy the people who hold the Pro Tour license (I would say paying the checks but we know that aint happening). With Vino coming back, it seems like it would be better for the team to just fall apart.
 
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seems to me there's a threeway faceoff with ac in one corner astana(vino & the kazahs) in another and lance and the hog in a third. Hmmm remind me of another clint eastwood movie. but i can't figure out whoose playing which part