Team Astana Best Team in 2009 Giro d'Italia
Team Astana won the Team’s classification in the Giro d'Italia 2009. The team under the guidance of Johan Bruyneel, Alain Gallopin and Viatcheslav Ekimov had an advantage of 24 minutes and 15 seconds over Team Columbia-Highroad and 27 minutes and 17 seconds over Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni.
of the country. The people here are enthusiastic. In the Giro I spent more time with the fans than with the media. It was cool and fun hanging around with the tifosi.”
The next races for the Team are the Tour of Luxemburg, Dauphiné Libéré, Tour de Suisse and Tour de France. “I am hopeful and confident that we can ride those races”, tells Team Manager Johan Bruyneel. “The financial woes that left salaries unpaid are not completely resolved yet. I hope that the team sponsors will meet the deadline for the bank guarantee and the payments. Moreover the UCI now wants more guarantees about the team for the rest of the year. The UCI will decide soon about the near future of the Team. We hope to know more in the coming days. The best solution is that we can continue with our current structure. I expect that we will have a team at the start of the Tour de France 2009.“