In a gesture that can not be further considered, has Kazakhstan changed the name of its capital city to the honor of the country's major lederfigur, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
He resigned unexpectedly from the post of president on Tuesday, after 30 years, and the drive immediately the nation to rename the capital city Astana to Nursultan.
the name change will not, however, the immediate importance of the cycling team Astana, who has the danes Jakob Fuglsang, Magnus Cort and Jonas Gregaard in the squad.
Team retains its name in 2019 and will continue to be known as Astana Pro Team, says the team's pressemand Sven Jonker in a message to Ekstra Bladet.
the Team is headed by the Kazakh superstar Alexander Vinokurov, who is a national hero in his home country. It is not the least through him, to the cycling team in over a decade, has been one of the most well-heeled team at cycling's highest level.
Vinokurov has contacts that go into the inner circles in the country, and he is also on good terms with the new president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who was indsværget in office immediately after the Nursultans unexpected goodbye.
Vinokurov is in good contact with the government and the new president, and changes that relate to the team, they announced later, writes Jonker.
the Astana Pro Team was established in 2006 on the ruins of the Spanish Liberty-Seguros team, which was split in the aftermath of the bloddopingefterforskningen 'Operación Puerto'. Vinokurov won the Vuelta a España for the team, as it in the second half of the season raced under the name of Team Astana.
In 2007 Vinokurov cut down bloddoping during the Tour, and the team was the year after denied starttilladelse in the Tour de France because of the case.
In 2009, did Lance Armstrong comeback in the sport as team-mate Alberto Contador on the Astana team. The cooperation was not good, even though they both ended up on the podium.
A number of doping cases tarnished the team's reputation, and it caused a stir when Jacob Fulgsang wrote contract with the team and made his debut in the turquoise leotard in 2013.
this season is the team until now the most successful World Tour team.
Politics - 20. mar. 2019 - at. 16:23 Official: Capital changes name