Astana welcome in Austria

Team Astana may not be invited to the Tour de France, but it definitely has an invitation to race in July. The Österreich Rundfahrt has no problem with the team and hopes that the squad will send such big name riders as Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Klöden.

In an interview with, race director Uschi Riha said that the team was invited "because they took out the old management and replaced it with the Bruyneel team." She added, "The current Astana team is Discovery Channel under a new name. And they are doing everything to give back a clean image to cycling."

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