Astana and the Tour de France
Contador is a worthy champion, and it is disgraceful that his Astana Team have not been invited to the Tour de France so he can defend his '07 title. The team have been completely overhauled since their infamous exit from last year's tour. About the only thing remaining is the name, and for the ASO to use that against new figurehead Johan Bruneel, and riders like Alberto Contador, the United States' Levi Leipheimer and Germany’s Andreas Klöden is an absolute tragedy. All three riders are podium contenders, and excluding them takes a lot of the interest away from this year's race.
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