Rider Interview: Astana's Gatis Smukulis is a man with a strong handshake, it's not one you will forget. Strong hands and a strong character, he's a rider who came out of Latvia to cut a pro career in France before moving to Katusha and now Astana. Alastair Hamilton caught up with him at their Spanish training camp.
Andrea Guardini is a sprinter, a pure sprinter, but one without a dedicated sprint train. That said, he's done well with eighteen stage wins in the Tour de Langkawi, a Giro stage win and wins in Oman, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Denmark, Portugal, Slovenia, plus the ENECO Tour and the World Ports Classic. The sprinter talks.
Alexey Lutsenko is the big hope for the future of Kazakh cycling. In 2012 he not only won the World champs, but racked up a good palmarès with the Astana Continental team. The next year he was a full Pro and riding his first Tour de France. We managed to catch-up with Alexey in Spain at the Astana training camp earlier this week.
Rider Interview: Our second exclusive Astana rider interviewee, Tanel Kangert is starting his fifth year with the team and so he is in the perfect position to give us his thoughts on the team's present situation. There are two sides to every story, but Tanel is one of the people caught in the crossfire.
Rider Interview: Rein Tamara is the first of three exclusive Astana team rider interviews. For the 2015 season Estonian rider Rein Taaramäe has left his first pro team; Cofidis after nearly eight years to join Astana. We caught up with him at the team training camp in Spain.
Dec 11, 2014 - Astana in, Europcar out! The UCI finalised the list of WorldTour teams for 2015 and after much deliberation there will be 17 teams in the top league of Cycling. We also look at the Padova Investigation, Tour '16, team & rider news and new bikes for BORA from Argon18. A full EuroTrash Thursday.
Borut Božič Interview: The Classics season has started and if you are a fan of those cobbles it won’t be long before you see the name: Borut Božič in the results. The Slovenian is Astana’s man for those early hard man’s races in Belgium and Northern France and we were lucky enough to have a chat about his big love; those Northern roads of Hell!