In the year of 2012, cycling team Astana again at the start of the Tour de France and other Grand Tours. What can team with the sponsor from Kazakhstan to play a role at the highest level. Striking name is Alexandre Vinkoerov. He would once again a pretender to victory in the Tour de France. His name won a lot in his long and impressive career. But in the Tour de France, he has only been limited success. In 2012 it will be done.
Cycling team from ITYPEAUTO abbreviated as Astana was founded in 2004. Its origins lie in the Spanish cycling team Liberty Seguros. Of an alleged doping cases in the team’s 2006 apart. It is the driver’s Vinokourov who personally sees to it that much money is available from sponsor Astana from Kazakhstan. So the team can make a fresh start. Since then, Astana have been associated with cycling.
The team is part of the UCI World Tour and participate in all major competitions. It is therefore one of the 22 cycling team in the Tour de France in 2012. Guidance is in the hands of Giuseppe Martinelli.He gets support from the group leader Guido Bontempi, Alexander Shefer and Dmitri Sedoun.
Alexandre Vinokourov is an old warhorse?? ??. He was born on 16 september 1973 and continuing through 2012 at 38 years of age participate in the Tour de France. Vinokourov rode along the circuit in 1997.After two years of driving for the Casino team he joined in 2000 from T-Mobile. He runs until 2005 for the T-Mobile team and achieve great success. He is third in the 2003 Tour de France and fifth in 2005.Between 2002 and 2004, in both cases the Tour miss because of crashes in the Tour of Switzerland.
In 2006, he joined the Spanish Liberty Seguros-Würth. Vinokourov wanted as leader himself go get success and could not at T-Mobile because of the presence of other great cyclists like Jan Ulrich. When the Spanish Liberty Seguros-Würth he will be the leader in the Tour de France and plans Vino?? ?? were clear: to win the Tour de France. The story turned out differently, because by alleged doping?? a little rattled the whole team and sponsor. Vinokourov himself arranged new sponsor in their homeland: Astana. But just before the start of the Tour de France got no more complete team on the leg. He is missing the Tour de France and his plan falls apart. But he won in the Vuelta 2006. In 2007, he wants the new Astana team does everything to be successful in the Tour de France. Vinokourov during the Tour but tested positive for doping and after a procedure that he eventually dismissed by Astana. He cannot ride two years and decides to put an end to his career.
Second life Vinokourov
In 2009, however, Vinokourov returned to cycling. He is reunited with Astana and show what he is capable of. He achieves good results in the Grand Tours. In 2010 he won Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He won a stage in the Tour de France 2010. In the Tour de France 2011 he finds ugly in the 9th stage in the fall and had to leave the competition. He gives to end his career for the second time. Later during the 2011 season, he comes back to that statement. Once again, he wants to fire with Astana. In the year 2012 has to happen.
Composition of team Astana
Cycling team Astana 2012 has the following riders under contract. For the Tour de France 2012 nine racers can be appointed. These are, if known, marked with a * behind the name.
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