Astana to sign deal with Kazakh giant

Updated: October 12, 2009, 9:48 AM ET
Associated Press

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Tour de France winning team Astana is expected to sign a three-year sponsorship deal Monday with Kazakhstan's vast state holding company, Kazakh Cycling Federation deputy president Nikolai Proskurin said.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Proskurin said the contract will solve the financial difficulties that had threatened the team's existence.

Details proving Astana's financial viability will be submitted to cycling's governing body ...

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