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When you think about sports betting, cycling probably won’t be the first sport that comes to mind. Granted, it is not exactly the most glamorous or most popular sport in the world. But it still has a dedicated global fan base, with millions tuning in to watch the big events…

Astana Continental Back On the Right Track in 2016 The Astana Continental Cycling team is a junior pro cycling team, established in 2012 to act as a feeder club for the highly decorated Astana Pro Team. The team, based in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, competes in the UCI Continental…

The entire Astana cycling project paid a heavy price for the protracted doping controversies that dragged on for months towards the end of 2014. The doping incidents, which included two riders in the senior team (for blood doping with EPO), as well as three junior riders in the 3rd division…

In the two years since its inception, the Astana Continental team had been free of controversies related to performance enhancing drugs. This was in somewhat stark contrast to the senior Astana Pro team, which had its fair share of drug related controversies much like many other team in the UCI…

On 19th November 2014, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of pro cycling informed the Astana Pro cycling team that one of its riders had reported an Adverse Analytical Finding for androgenic steroids. According to the UCI, the rider in question was Victor Okishev, a member of…

There can be no hiding from the plain fact: Astana Continental team was suspended for doping, and that too multiple instances caught within the space of a few months. That was the immediate, proximate cause. But one cannot simply ignore the wider historical perspective before judging them. Some Astana riders…

After nearly 3 successful years in the UCI Continental Circuit (the 2nd division), it was probably a quirk of fate that Astana Continental team faced 3 consecutive failures. Maybe there is some truth in the saying that “trouble always comes in threes.” At least, that is the way it all…

Vadim Galeyev’s dramatic stage victory in the historic Tour de Bretagne gave Astana Continental a massive boost in the ultimately disastrous 2014 season. It was indeed a highly unexpected victory for the team, competing against a field that consisted of some of the strongest development squads from traditional cycling hotbeds…

The Tour de Bretagne Cycliste is a cycling race of special interest for junior teams like Astana Continental whose roster features a large number U-23 category riders. The event, also known as the Tour de Bretagne trophee des granitiers, is held in the Brittany peninsula in north-west France. The event,…

Astana Continental was the junior team of the Astana Cycling project, meaning that they were always in the shadows of the Astana Pro team and its then manager Alexandre Vinokurov. The Olympic Champion is a national hero and successful politician in his homeland, but doping allegations and controversies have plagued…