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OK, maybe I'm late... but I just noticed that Team Astana has pretty much absorbed the Discovery Team... they got the Trek bikes, Johan and Eki at the lead, Contador, Levi, Gusev, Paulinho and a few others to ride.<br><br>
As a big Discovery Team fan, I'm looking forward to the revamped Astana. May Vino be forgotten!
 

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I am a road racing junkie, cant believe I missed this <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif">. Hope they are invited to the tour. Did a google and a velo news article said they may not be invited due to Astana's history and the fact that the Italian Officials still think Contador was involved in Operation Puerto.
 

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I'm not too excited about them. The new Astana seems to have lost some of Astana's shadiness from last year but gained the shadiness that comes from Johan Bruyneel. I'm cheering on the argyled crew of Slipstream now. Its nice to see a team with personality instead of just a machine. Plus I guess it does hurt that the company I work for is a sponsor for them....
 

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Are you really anti Bruyneel? Ive always been a big Discovery fan and thought he was one of the smarter Team Directors in the sport. Also a fan of Slipstream (got to get one of those jerseys!)
 

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They have it listed on their schedule on their website, along with some of the spring classics, etc.
 

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They don't have the top-tier UCI Pro-Tour license or whatever. The grand tours and many of the spring classics are run by organizations separate of the UCI Pro Tour so they can invite who they want. Slipstream is hoping for those invites. They already got into the Giro d'Italia so they'll probably get into the Tour and the classics as well.
 

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They're in the Giro? Cool.<br><br>
I applaud Slipstream's PED stance, but if they start testing Dizzy Dave Zabriskie for <i>recreationals</i> ...<br><br><i>"Why does Dave Zabriskie like Chipotle burritos?"</i><br>
"Because they're 'baked!'"
 
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