Astana good to go in Tour

The Court of Arbitration for Sport gives Astana-Wurth the green light to compete in this year's Tour

The Court of Arbitration for Sport gives Astana-Wurth the green light to compete in this year's Tour
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Thursday that the Astana-Wurth squad will be able to start in the Tour de France on Saturday. The team - formerly known as Liberty Seguros-Wurth, and which includes the Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov, who is one of the favourites for the Tour title - were told by race organisers ASO that they were not welcome following their involvement in the Operacion Puerto blood doping investigation currently running in Spain. However, the final decision rested with the CAS, and general secretary Matthieu Reeb told Reuters on Thursday: "Given the information we had this morning, the CAS have rejected the request of ASO, The CAS could not ban a team on the basis of press reports. We needed more." It brings to an end a tough few days for Vinokourov and his squad, who will now take to the start line for Strasbourg's prologue time trial looking to concentrate on racing. "It's good. I was expecting this decision," Vinokourov told Reuters. "I knew there was no evidence. I now am doubly motivated."
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