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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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2010 Tour de France – Stage 13 Wrap-Up

We were treated to another aggressive day of racing today , thanks to an undulating 196km route from Rodez to Revel.  In the end, you might have been a bit confused though, as the finale seemed to be a repeat of yesterday’s action, albeit with a different result. Here’s what we noticed: 1. At what … Continue reading

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2010 Tour de France – Stage 12 Wrap-Up

Here’s the question of the day: was it worth it Alberto? In my humble opinion, yes and no.  Yes, because Contador’s attack in the middle of the Cote de la Croix-Neuve, gapped Andy Schleck, earning Contador ten seconds, but more importantly sending a message to the Luxembourger wearing yellow: “I’m faster than you are.” On … Continue reading

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Weekend Preview – The Giro Hits the Mountains and the ATOC Heads to Hollywood

With mountain action from Italy and the final two days of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, this weekend looks to be the most exciting since April.  Let’s take a look at what’s in store: 1.  The Giro was turned on its head Wednesday when a large group of riders broke away from the main … Continue reading

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Sunday Preview – Faron, Oman, and Vorselaar

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! We’re still at a point in the season where the schedule bounces around a bit from one week to another. This weekend’s action occurs mainly on Sunday with one stage race ending, another beginning, and a Belgian cyclocross finale to the Superprestige. Let’s take a look: Fotoreporter Sirotti We begin in France … Continue reading

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