- Jan 5, 2004
RdBiker said:I was very surprised to see a country like Kazakhstan (or major industry players in there) begin sponsoring a cycling team whose budget is at least 12 mil. Vino surely played a large role acquiring the sponsors. I think that besides Vino and Kashechkin the only thing for the sponsors was/is that Astana functioned as a stepping stone for young Kazakh riders. Other than that I don't see any reasons.
Agreed : amateur cycling in Kazakhstan had a following before Vino started to gain international success.
If Astana wasn't set up to bring those amateurs through to the professional ranks, one would wonder why Astana was setup in the first place?