File in ironic cycling photos: The Astana Pisa pose.
Here’s a photo that makes Twisted Spoke laugh with all the underlying irony. The famed crooked tower in Pisa is a metaphor for all things Astana.
Alberto Contador leaning toward leaving Astana, then leaning toward staying.
Crooked Kazah rider Alexander Vinokourov back in the fold.
A team roster that tilted heavily toward Radio Shack with over 10 riders leaving to join Lance Armstrong and former DS Johan Bruyneel.
The uneven record of the Astana team management– the missed paychecks, missed UCI deadlines for licensing, the shaky, uneven financing.
The back and forth, right and left of the Oscar Pereiro contract squabble — he’s retiring, he’s not, he’s not invited to camp, he’s going to camp.
This is a team out of balance, destabilized and trying to find secure footing again.
Good luck with that, guys.