Davis brothers team up for Astana
IN 2010, for the first time in their international careers, Bundaberg brothers Allan and Scott Davis will be cycling together.
Scott, who at 30 is the older of the pair, signed a contract in December to join international cycling powerhouse Astana.
A Cycling Australia representative said yesterday that Astana was still awaiting a release from the International Cyclist Union before an official announcement would be made on Allan, who raced for QuickStep last year.
Scott said the move to Astana would be the perfect way to return to the European cycling tour after spending last year with Australian-owned Fly V Australia.
“I’ve been trying to get back into Europe and to do it with my brother, it couldn’t get any better,” he said.
Rumours linking the brothers with Astana have been circulating since late last year, as Allan’s relationship with QuickStep soured.
Allan, 29, enjoyed a strong season on the bike last season.
However, his relationship with QuickStep was not successful.
After starting 2009 with a win in the Tour Down Under and showing strong form in the opening months, he missed a spot in the Tour de France when Belgian superstar Tom Boonen was called into the team after he won an 11th-hour appeal against drugs charges.
The siblings will go into an Astana team that is rebuilding after at least 14 cyclists left last season to join Lance Armstrong’s new Team Radio Shack in the United States.
When Armstrong left at the end of last year to set up Radio Shack, he took with him his longstanding manager Johan Bruyneel and two of Astana’s top riders, compatriot Levi Leipheimer and German Andreas Kloden.
Armstrong and Alberto Contador made no secret of their dislike for one another while riding on the Astana team last year.
Allan Davis, on the other hand, said he had a strong relationship with Contador, the 26-year-old Tour de France champion.
“I’ve been pretty good mates with Alberto for a while,” he said.
“We started in the same team and raced together until 2001.”
However, until the deal with Astana is confirmed Allan is focusing on his individual goals for 2010, which include strong performances at the Spring Classics, the Milan San Remo and the UCI Road World Cycling Championship in Geelong in October.
“It’s the first time Australia has hosted the event, so I’m looking forward to riding in that,” he said.