April 17, 2014
VENICE, Italy (AP) - Lance Armstrong has lashed out at the Kazakh officials who let his Astana team fall into a financial crisis on the eve of his first Giro d'Italia.
The American cyclist suggested to a select group of reporters Wednesday that his Livestrong cancer foundation could step in and bail out the team.
"I don't have any concrete answers, but I suspect we can find some funding that would get us from June to the end of the year," says the seven-time Tour de France champion.
Astana receives most of its financial support from Kazakh state holding company Samruk-Kazyna, but the Central Asian nation's economy has been badly hit by the ongoing global financial crisis. The team has not paid its riders lately.