The Astana cycling team recorded its first big win of the season on New Year's Day thanks to the efforts of newly-recruited Sports Director Sean Yates. The team was so pleased with the win that its press office immediately issued a press release. It reads -

This win was all the more sweet because it is 30 years ago to the day that he first won the same event. Astana Sports Director Yates was quoted at the prize giving, where he collected his victor's bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, as saying " If I keep progressing like this I might well turn pro one day". After drinking half the bottle he went on to elaborate " this cycling lark is piss easy".