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2011 Tour de France Preview – Khazakstan, Poland, and Ukraine

Khazakstan, Poland, and the Ukraine: a rough chunk of Eastern Bloc countries that would at least be geographically contiguous if it weren’t for Russia’s rude penetration south, between Ukraine and Khazakstan, down to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Their hopes for success this Tour de France lay on the enigmatic shoulders of Alexander Vinokourov, … Continue reading

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2011 Team-by-Team Season Preview: Astana

Each year, Pavé previews the upcoming road season with a countdown of the top-20 teams in the sport. Yesterday we took at the first team in this year’s top-10.  Here’s #9. #9 – Astana Like Euskaltel, Astana has the potential to put someone on the podium in all three Grand Tours while winning several important … Continue reading

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2010 Team-By-Team Season Review: #4

#4 – Astana – (Preview Ranking: #7) What We Said: Another team that benefits largely from the presence of one man is Astana with Alberto Contador.  Like compatriot Alejandro Valverde, Contador is a favorite in any race he enters—particularly if it has at least one summit finish, and one mid-length time trial.  Like Valverde, Contador’s … Continue reading

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