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Жаңа жылыңыз құтты болсын!
Happy New Year!
С Новым Годом!
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Tom Copeland, part of the Olympics experts' network
- guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 July 2012 18.33 BST
Kazakhstan rider should be remembered as an exciting cyclist, who rode a good race at London 2012, and not a drugs cheat Alexandr Vinokourov, right, outsprints Rigoberto Urán to win gold in the road race at the London 2012 Games. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images
Saturday's men's cycling road race was one that Britain's Mark Cavendish was tipped to win. The whole country certainly thought he should have done so, but instead it was won by Alexandr Vinokourov, a man the Daily Mail dubbed the "nobody from Kazakhstan".
But Vinokourov is no nobody. He took the win with an imperious sprint away from his remaining breakaway companion in the final few hundred metres. He had managed the perfect race up until that point and finished it off in the same fashion, leaving nothing to chance. Read the rest of this entry →
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We wish you all the best! We hope all your dreams will come true! Be healthy and wealthy! And the most important we wish you this year wear the pink jersey instead of this white and win ....
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Top-class team will ride for Roman Kreuziger
Pro Team Astana have unveiled the nine riders who will represent the team at the Giro d’Italia. The squad will be captained by Roman Kreuziger, who will line up alongside Alexandr Dyachenko, Enrico Gasparotto, Tanel Kangert, Evgueny Petrov, Simone Ponzi, Kevin Seeldraeyers, Paolo Tiralongo and Andrey Zeits.
Commenting on the selection, Team Manager Giuseppe Martinelli said: “Choosing the nine starters was not an easy task. Shefer, Sedoun and I waited until the last possible moment so we could assess the condition of each and every rider as well as possible.
“The decision came down to those who have got the best skills for assisting Roman Kreuziger to get a big result. We will be lining up with a really tight squad, which will be aiming above all for the general classification but which will also have the ability to make an impression in the stages.”
Astana directeur sportif Guido Bontempi will take charge of the Giro squad alongside fellow DS Alexandr Shefer, who gave us his view: “Roman Kreuziger is our only captain and, as Mr Martinelli said, all the others will be riding for him. Read the rest of this entry →
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Today Kazakhstani rider Maxim Iglinsky held a conference about his win in Liege Bastogne Liege and met with his fans and journalists.
Liege Bastogne Liege:
Maxim told how in the very last kilometers of the race he made it in the break with Joaquim Rodriguez. Katyusha rider asked him to hold his tempo down a little and race for the 2nd and 3d places (at the moment they only one ahead of them was Nibali from "Liquigas"). While Maxim was just about to ask Rodriguez the same, he understood that this was a moment of weakness and remembering Vinokourov's advices (Alexandre called him personally this very same morning) attacked. Read the rest of this entry →
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"Two stage races are behind me, Paris-Nice and Catalunya. I can't be too satisfied with the GC, though things at Catalunya were a bit better than at Paris-Nice, but it's not what i had wanted for the start of the season. Anyway, the stage win gave me motivation, things are getting better, the shape is improving. I hope to be much more competitive in April.
I wanted to achieve some nice result in the beginning of the season already, to be calm as the Tour comes closer, but unfortunately things didn't go the way they should. This win at Catalunya is a consolation for the unsuccess, but still I remain optimistic, I do what I can, so I hope results will come soon, too.
On Sunday, I leave for Pais Vasco, then two more classics - Fleche and Liege. In May, I'm off to Colorado to train there for a month, then the Tour de Slovenie, and before that, Dauphine." Read the rest of this entry →
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Determined and sure. This is how we can describe Jani Brajkovič before the start of the season. Determined to get revenge for last years' crash that made him abandon the Tour de France. Sure that he can compete with the best in the race of his life, the race he had dreamed of when he was a child. Sure of his abilities. Sure that all he needs is a little luck... He already has strong legs, after all he too has a team that granted him all the support - Astana.
What does the move from RadioSchack to Astana mean to you?
New team, new people, new riders. The system is a bit different, but I like the way manager Guiseppe Martinelli works. You can discuss anything with him. When we're working, we're giving it all. The training camp in Calpe - not that I'm praising, but I think it's been my best training camp. We trained very well, and at the same time we got along fine with the other riders. Actually, I enjoyed those two weeks very much.
How would you compare Discovery Channel, RadioSchack and Astana?
I'll miss English. At Astana, the language is Italian, which is probably good as I'll learn it. The structure of the team itself isn't that different. Read the rest of this entry →