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post #181 of 201
Universal will be showing the Vuelta.   

Which one of the Anglo-Kazakhs do you think will show up?
post #182 of 201
Do you mean which (if any) Astana team?  Interestingly, Chris Horner did an interview last week where he said he was unsure if he would have a job in the near future.  I do wonder whether there is an Astana team after last week.

Mike
post #183 of 201
I'm pretty sure, there will still be Astana. Majority of team sponsors didn't came with Bruyneel or Armstrong, and majority of them probably won't walk away with them either. Astana currently holds Protour license, Bruyneel or Armstrong don't, neither does Radio Shack team or whatever it will be its name. So personally I think Astana will still exists, even if Bruyneel and Armstrong walk away. That's current situation, but we will see what will be in (near) future.
post #184 of 201
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Do you mean which (if any) Astana team?

No.   Will any of the Anglo-Astanites  show up in Spain?

I think Contador can hardly miss his national event; they'd have his head if he did.


 Interestingly, Chris Horner did an interview last week where he said he was unsure if he would have a job in the near future.
 

Sorta my point.


I do wonder whether there is an Astana team after last week.

 I do agree with Primož; there will be an  Astana, the question is will there be any of the old Disco crew on it and whether any of them will race in Spain.
post #185 of 201
 I think the question is where will they even be invited to race?

Contador would be nuts to stay with Astana,and I don't think there are that many teams that can afford him.
post #186 of 201
As a team with Protour license (which Astana is at least at the moment, and most likely also for next season), they are automatically in all 3 big tours and majority of big races. Things are a bit more complicated in cycling, so some big teams or teams with big players (like Di Luca's LPR for example, let's skip last week's news about Di Luca now :)) don't have Protour license, so they depend on invitations from organizers, while teams with Protour license are automatically invited. So at the moment, I don't see reason why Astana wouldn't be there.
As far as Contador goes, I don't think it's that bad option if he would stay with Astana. Even if Vinokurov will be back, Contador will most likely be the only #1. Vinokurov's attitude is a whole lot different then Armstrong's, so I don' think this year would repeat, and with Vinokurov back in team, I'm pretty sure Kazakh's sponsors will open pipe with money a bit more, so I doubt there would be money problems like they were suppose to be this year. And I say suppose to be, since I have feeling this was another media thing produced by certain people on or around the team.
post #187 of 201
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Completely disgree with you. That was one of the very best team lead outs and finishes I've ever seen. Georgie's line was required based on the speed they were traveling going into the final corner. Don't blame them for the other teams inability to position themselves....
 

Check out the video in full screen.  George went left, then right to the wall at the corner, and then back to the left wall.  That's one way to sharpen the front end of the peleton for your sprinter.

http://www.versus.com/tdf?articleID=81764
post #188 of 201
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Originally Posted by primoz View Post

As a team with Protour license (which Astana is at least at the moment, and most likely also for next season), they are automatically in all 3 big tours and majority of big races.

Astana had a ProTour license last year too.
post #189 of 201
Thread Starter 
Georgie did have a broken collarbone

Here's the fearsome threesome...





http://www.velonews.com/article/96118/hincapie-reports-clavicle-fracture
post #190 of 201
 Dig the green frames and green lens on their sunglasses. Cav's swag, given away after he no longer needed? Haha
post #191 of 201


  

There hasn't been a sense of sunnies fashion in the peloton since Cippo left.  

Edited by comprex - 7/29/2009 at 11:51 pm GMT
post #192 of 201
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

 Dig the green frames and green lens on their sunglasses. Cav's swag, given away after he no longer needed? Haha

Rod.....Thor did some nice riding to get the green jersey BUT those three certainly put on a sprint clinic at this years Tour.......
post #193 of 201
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
Astana had a ProTour license last year too.
True, but if I remember right, TdF (and other races organized by ASO) wasn't run under UCI/Protour rules last year. ASO had some issues with UCI, so last year they were out of UCI rules, and this also meant they weren't forced to automatically invite any of Protour teams, but they invited those they wanted, therefore Astana was out. Now they are back under UCI, so Protour rules apply to TdF again. But that was this year, and there's still long winter infront of us, so noone knows what will be next year :)
post #194 of 201
 I think if Astana tries to shove Vino down the Tour's throat they will run it outside the UCI again. They've already proven they are willing to do it once.
post #195 of 201
I agree.  Vino may very well be toxic for the Tour.  Hence, a tough decision for Contador.  No one seems to be able to pay him what he wants, and he still has a year on his contract with Astana.  Expect a lot of negotiating.  He's between a rock and a hard spot.

Mike
post #196 of 201
It would be rather ironic if Contador ends up at the TdF next year with Vino instead of Lance as the co-team leader (to be worked out on the road).
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post #198 of 201
So...Mikel Astarloza tests +.    

Does this change the landscape?   
post #199 of 201
 Landscape of what? Te 2009 Tour? I don't know. It was an out of competition test after the Tour, so I'm not sure that they can do anything to him with regards to the 2009 Tour. It's only been a few weeks since the Tour ended, there are probably plenty of tests still to go, so I think we can still think of the results as provisional.It can't be good for Spanish Cycling (even though Euskatel barely counts as Spanish). Probably doesn't help Contador's prospects in tat it will be just that much harder to find the sponsorship money he requires.
post #200 of 201
Landscape of prospects for Contador.      Wonder if Cofidis could afford him.
post #201 of 201
 It's not just affording him. It's also affording building a team around him. I doubt he'd go to a Silence-Lotto and Cadeled.
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