When Astana's Rene Haselbacher returned from training on Tuesday, his roommate at the Sachsen Tour, Michael Schär, told him the news about Vinokourov's positive test for blood-doping.
"I lay on my bed in my cycling clothes for two hours and couldn't believe it. This is a human tragedy," he said on his website, haselbacher.com. "And when some of the media ... reports that Astana is riding the Sachsen Tour in 'business as usual', that is anything but the truth. Cycling is our job and this affects our future."
Responding to rumors that Team Astana would cease to exist, he said, "That's not so. I read it in the newspaper, too, but it was not confirmed by our team manager."