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Gusev to Astana?

By Susan Westemeyer

Vladimir Gusev could be the next Discovery Channel rider to join Johan Bruyneel at Team Astana. Kazakhstan Cycling Federation Vice President Nikolai Proskurin said an interview that the Russian would join the team in 2008, according to

Gusev, who wants to target Paris-Roubaix next year, won the Tour of Belgium as well as a stage in the Tour de Suisse this year.

Other Discovery Channel riders whose names have been linked with Astana for the coming season include Levi Leipheimer, Sergio Paulinho, Janez Brajkovic, Benjamin Noval, Tomas Vaitkus and Tour de France winner Alberto Contador.

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