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Astana confirms in Sachsen and Brixia

By Susan Westemeyer

René Haselbacher was looking forward to returning to racing in the Sachsen Tour, after a knee problem had sidelined him since the middle of May. "I am really excited about the race," he told But then the bombshell about his Astana teammate Alexander Vinokourov exploded.

At first the team's immediate future was unsure. "Right now we're all up in the air," he said Tuesday evening, and said he didn't know what was going to happen. His reacted to the news about Vino, "I am shocked."

Later in the evening, Team Astana confirmed its further existence and said that contrary to some press reports, its riders would be at the start of both the Sachsen and Brixia Tours.

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