No Team Astana in 2008 Tour de France
This coming cycling season set to be more boring than ever...
even did not change management or structure, can participate without problems. Where is the consistency? Is Tour the France not loosing all credibility now??
Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is deeply disappointed. After the 4th stage in te Tour of Mallorca, a stage he dominated, he declared with tears in his eyes ?The last weeks I never thought that it would be possible not to do the Tour the France. It is my race, I dream of that race. Yesterday I even did special tests at the velodrome of Palma to improve my time trial capabilities. We are not invited. What can we do? Tonight I will look at the calender. We have to change everything. Don?t ask me for the moment which races I will or can do. Anyway, I thank our sponsor who stays behind us, but I?m afraid other sponsors can leave cycling because of what happened today. It is a sad day for cycling.?
A 2008 Tour de France without a team time trial, without Team Astana riders Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer, and without Michael Rasmussen. What will happen next? Perhaps 2008 will be the year where a Frenchman wins the Tour de France again?