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ASO to withdraw Würth's TdF invite?

The Spanish newspaper AS reports that on Friday, the Tour de France organisers ASO will withdraw their invitation to the Liberty Seguros-Würth Team, now known as Würth. Former race director Jean-Marie Leblanc announced that the Tour would take "vigorous measures" against any teams found to be implicated in the Spanish doping scandal.

However, according to AS, ASO cannot unilaterally remove Manolo Saiz's team from the race because of the way the current ProTour rules stand, which was also communicated by ProTour manager Alain Rumpf to the press on the final day of the Giro d'Italia. To withdraw Würth's invite, the TdF organisers will have to await a ruling from the UCI as to whether the team is still a part of the ProTour, and is therefore eligible to participate or not.
Like ASO really cares what the UCI says, they have been itching to resume the fight with them over being able to pick which teams enter "their" race, and hate the ProTour, and now have the perfect pretext to stick it to the UCI figuring for once they will have public sentiment on their side.

I predict a ugly media slap fight coming up.

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