Cycling team Astana will have to do without co-sponsor Premier Tech from next year. The Canadian packaging company announced yesterday that it would end the collaboration after five years, leaving the Kazakh shareholders as the sole name sponsor again. Premier Tech is not going to disappear from cycling as it steps into a new story with another, yet to be announced, WorldTour team.

Astana stands for a thorough facelift in the mid-season. Several riders – including Alexandr Vlasov – are on their way to the exit, while Vincenzo Nibali is rumored to be about to return.

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