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New *astana Kit

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Ok so the competitor is saying a new astana kit was to be delivered to the team today with radically different design.

Any ideas on how it will look...
 
Apr 12, 2009
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well for just Lance he's gonna have a giant dikk on the front of the jersey that should suit him well. As for the rest of the team I would say the same colour base but a more modern design
 
I have a bad feeling that it's going to look like that ugly-assed bike he's on.

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Mar 15, 2009
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This just in

Apparently the Kazaks will help promote Sasha Cohen's new movie in hope to get the world to forget about Borat :D , here's an early sketch of the new jersey:

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what did they say, the sponsors are going to be the same, but the design (so you assume colours) will reflect where the team is going...

i think there has been an awful lot going on behind the scenes for a long time that we dont know about..

obviously there are new sponsors (or you would assume) ready to come in over the coming weeks

however, to change the strip design and colours now, you have got to assume it is going to reflect the new sponsors, but without having the new sponsors name on the shirt, the design is going to have to be obvious enough for us all to know who the sponsor is (the assumption being the new sponsor has demanded this change to get publicity over the next two weeks of the giro) ie. bright red strip with Astana written in curly wurly writing, would make you think coca cola when looking at it, etc etc..

my guess is the new sponsor will be fairly obvious (if this is what they are up to) from the design alone without the name even being on there.. but im pretty sure the khazak national colours are going..
 
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One question - where is Armstrong getting his Pro Tour license from? He doesn't own Astana, the Kazahk Federation does, he'salready been rude about them in the press and demanded they hand the license over, now in the middle of a race he slaps the owners in the face after hijacking their team and sidelining the riders it was meant to showcase? Armstrong's trouble is he, like Madonna, is so used to people letting him get his own way. But the new kit may be the final straw that seems him and the Hog being forced out and left with sponsors but no Pro Tour license.
 
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One question - where is Armstrong getting his Pro Tour license from? He doesn't own Astana, the Kazahk Federation does, he'salready been rude about them in the press and demanded they hand the license over, now in the middle of a race he slaps the owners in the face after hijacking their team and sidelining the riders it was meant to showcase? Armstrong's trouble is he, like Madonna, is so used to people letting him get his own way. But the new kit may be the final straw that seems him and the Hog being forced out and left with sponsors but no Pro Tour license.

you do have to assume that there have been talks going on and everyone knows what they are doing...

i dont think even JB is arrogant enough to think he can race without a licence.. if the khazaks have failed to stick to there side of the financial bargain with the uci im sure the uci after revoking there licence will have no problem at all giving JB one.. a minor technicality..

we dont know what the new kit is yet anyway... it could just be a new design in the same colours etc..
 
Trouble is, the UCI haven't mentioned revoking the license, but, suspending the team.
That seems to be placing the team into some sort of financial "limbo".
i.e. no racing until bills get paid. if bills aren't paid by a certain date, then, the license would probably be revoked.

However, they Kazakhs only have to spin it out for another two months and the return of Vino.
Bills then get paid, but no one will be left in any doubts as to who the real boss is.

Bottom line: I think the Kazakhs would like to keep Bruyneel on for Vino and Kash, but don't want LA anywhere near his old mate.

Truth is, we are all really guessing here; pretty clueless as to both the motivations and the outcome.

I'd love to be a fly on their wall and for once, it would be a more interesting conversation than doping.
 
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Trouble is, the UCI haven't mentioned revoking the license, but, suspending the team.

we are of course assuming that what the UCI say publicly is the same as what they say privately..
 
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seems to me that the problem is more between the kazak cycling federation (who hold the protour liscence) and their broke sponsors. A rep from the cycling federation said that they wouldn't have a problem transfering the liscence if they couldn't find the money from the kazak sponsors. I just don't think there is enough money in kazakstan for the operation that discover...Astana demands.
 
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course not.. they said today or friday, so the organisers and sponsors have asked to keep the viewing figures up to hold off till tommoro.. :D

and no.. live pics up now, still in the old one..
 
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Mellow Velo said:
Trouble is, the UCI haven't mentioned revoking the license, but, suspending the team.
That seems to be placing the team into some sort of financial "limbo".
i.e. no racing until bills get paid. if bills aren't paid by a certain date, then, the license would probably be revoked.

However, they Kazakhs only have to spin it out for another two months and the return of Vino.
Bills then get paid, but no one will be left in any doubts as to who the real boss is.

Bottom line: I think the Kazakhs would like to keep Bruyneel on for Vino and Kash, but don't want LA anywhere near his old mate.

Truth is, we are all really guessing here; pretty clueless as to both the motivations and the outcome.

I'd love to be a fly on their wall and for once, it would be a more interesting conversation than doping.

This sounds about right to me. The goal of the Kazakh federation is likely to get Vino racing again. LA is a distraction. He's a black hole for media attention and will completely overshadow Vino's return. My guess is that the Kazakhs try to get rid of most of the LA circus before Vino's back. Hence they're dragging their feet paying their bills. What is unclear is who they'd like to keep on board. Bruyneel? LL? Horner? I wouldn't be surprised if some key personnel might have gotten paid under the table.

Alternatively, they might try to hold the UCI/ASO hostage. Their thinking might be: 'If Vino can't ride the TdF, the whole Astana team with LA and AC won't show up'. Now, I know that sounds a little bit weird considering last year, but the tables have turned this year with LA's comeback. ASO would like to have the publicity which comes with LA. After all the Giro paid LA just for showing up.
 
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just ddescribed the new kit on eurosport..

kit described as "considerably lighter" and "paving the way for a new sponsor"

now what american companies use light colours.. sorry.. colors..
 
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you do have to assume that there have been talks going on and everyone knows what they are doing...

i dont think even JB is arrogant enough to think he can race without a licence.. if the khazaks have failed to stick to there side of the financial bargain with the uci im sure the uci after revoking there licence will have no problem at all giving JB one.. a minor technicality..

we dont know what the new kit is yet anyway... it could just be a new design in the same colours etc..

I don't think the Pro Tour license is terribly important for them at least for the short term. Seems to me like the organizers have made it abundantly clear that an LA team will get in any of the races they really want to do. Certainly hasn't been a problem for Cervelo.