If you’re not following what’s going on in the pro peloton, the organizers of the Tour de France (ASO) have decided to not allow Team Astana to participate in any of the events they organize (Tour de France, Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Flèche Wallonne, etc).
I’m not going to get into any of the politics here, you can read about that at VeloNews yourself. The point I want to make is this – How can you claim to organize the world’s biggest, most competitive, highest-level bike race in the world and not invite last years winner (Alberto Contador) and third place finisher (Levi Leipheimer)? How about the sports director who has won 8 out of the last 9 Tours (Johan Bruneel)?
Your race becomes a farce. In the end, you know who loses? We do, because it’s really our Tour.
Go to http://www.letleviride.com and join the tens of thousands who are trying to save the 2008 Tour de France.