Bruyneel to lead Astana

Contador, Leipheimer reportedly signing soon

Discovery Channel team manager Johan Bruyneel will take over at the Astana team in 2008, the Kazakh Cycling Federation (KFC) announced on Friday.

The Belgian, whose Discovery Channel team will wind up at the end of this season after failing to find a sponsor, will replace Swiss Marc Biver.

The Astana team quit the Tour de France this summer when Kazakh star
Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping.

The new Astana team will strictly apply the anti-doping measures of the
International Cycling Federation, the team statement said.

Bruyneel led the US Postal team which later became Discovery Channel, to
victory in eight of the last nine Tour de France races - seven consecutive
from 1999-2005 with Lance Armstrong - and this year with Spaniard Alberto
Contador.

Contador is also reportedly joining the Astana team. Fellow Tour podium dweller and Discovery Channel team mate Levi Leipheimer is also reported to be joining Contador and Bruyneel at Astana in 2008.

© BikeRadar & AFP 2007

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