Friday Feature: Astana service course

I’ve had an open invitation to visit Astana’s service course for some time but, with the Tour de France looming, I thought it might be interesting to visit and see how the team organises itself ahead of such a mammoth undertaking. It might be fair to say that I was a bit like a kid in a candy shop and was guided round the pick-and-mix by the man in charge. Maxim Gourov, a former professional rider with Astana and 2010 Kazakh national road race champion. Continue reading

Friday Feature Extra: Vinokourov, la vie en rose

One of our local sports journalists, Romain Laronche from Nice-Matin, asked me if I’d be willing to lend him a hand this week. I readily agreed and, as a consequence, he’s kindly given me access to the transcripts of the interviews I attended with him. Here’s the first one with Alexandre Vinokourov, general manager of Astana, who’s literally looking pretty in pink after his team and Vincenzo Nibali‘s domination of the Giro d’Italia. The interview was conducted in French and then translated by me into English. Continue reading