'It's not hard to change': Astana's riders and coaches see plenty of positives in Mark Cavendish's first race

Alexander Vinokourov, the manager of Astana, confirms that the team will focus on chasing stages with Cavendish at the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish
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In just one month, the noises emanating from Astana-Qazaqstan have changed radically.

Upon announcing the arrival of Mark Cavendish, the first time the WorldTour team have had one of the peloton’s fast men on their roster, their general manager Alexander Vinokourov tempered the excitement with the admission that “the arrival of a top sprinter is kind of a challenge for us”.

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