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Astana is riding Trek.



ProEdgeBiker said:
Not that i care cause im a Specialized Man but it looks like George Hincapie is on a Giant for team Columbia & Team Slipstream is on a Felt. This will cost TREK now that Lance is not around to promote in the biggest race in the cycling world.

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Astana wasn't invited because the team allegedly has had too many doping issues. One theory is that they were banned because johan Bruyneel the, team manager, is an American, and he managed for Lance as well. The tour doesn't like Americans, and is banning Astana for political reasons.
 

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ProEdgeBiker said:
Well, I Found it. Looks like another classic case of DOPING!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/7633638
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Let's be clear, doping by former riders under the same team name. The team this year has new management and almost an entirely new roster. However, the ASO felt they needed to make an example based on the sponsorship of the team.
 

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nathanm said:
One theory is that they were banned because johan Bruyneel the, team manager, is an American, and he managed for Lance as well. The tour doesn't like Americans, and is banning Astana for political reasons.
Doesn't hold a lot of water—Bruyneel is a Belgian, not an American.
 

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Yes....Krisdrum is exactly correct. although they still have the Astana name - there is virtually nothing of Astana from the past when they had a doping issues with Vino, etc.

mgmt, rosters, policies, testing procedures have all changed in the past year. because of the past, they are serving a punishment of sorts.
 

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Not really

ProEdgeBiker said:
sad, very sad.
Johan Bruyneel's riders, and LA got away with being doped to the gills.

Tom Danielson singled out Bruyneel as being one of the biggest offenders in cycling regarding doping..

Trek deserved everything they got and more in regard to Astana being excluded from the Tour. They got off light....
 

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Its been said before, but I'll say it again.
Lance Armstrong was the most tested cyclist in history!

Lance Armstrong never tested positive!

You've got to be an a$$ to accuse someone without any proof!
 

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solorider said:
Lance Armstrong never tested positive!

And neither did scores of other guys from the same era who we now know were doping. Educate yourself. Being tested relatively a lot and never testing positive only means something if it is absolutely a large number of times and the tests are effective for detecting the drugs of choice.
 
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