Alexandre Vinokourov was fired from Astana then re-instated one day later, sports director divulges

A former Astana sports director also revealed that Miguel Ángel López wanted to stay at the team on the same salary, but management refused

Alexandr Vinokourov at the 2019 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Getty)

Alexandre Vinokourov was fired by Astana before being re-instated just one day later, according to eye-opening revelations from a former sports director on the team.

Dmitry Sedun, who worked for the team for 15 years, was let go in 2020 in an ongoing shake-up that has seen Canadian investment and management extend their control over the traditionally Kazakh team.

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