Astana riders and staff have not been paid since start of 2020, Vinokourov confirms

The team boss says wages will be paid this week

Astana at the UAE Tour 2020 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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WorldTour outfit Astana have not paid riders or staff for the past two months because the arrival of the team's budget for 2020 has been delayed.

The Kazakh team is backed by the country's sovereign wealth fund Samruk Kazyna and team boss Alexandre Vinokourov has released a statement reassuring that the situation will be resolved soon.

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