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Big news broke before the the start of the Tour of California.


The Astana team of Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will be excluded from cycling's showpiece race this year because of its involvement in doping scandals the past two seasons.

The move was based ``on the damage caused by this team during the Tour de France and to cycling in general, both in 2006 and 2007,'' race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation said in a statement on its Web site today.

Astana didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

The team, backed by the Kazakh government, quit last year's Tour de France after lead rider Alexander Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping. Andrej Kashechkin, another Astana rider, tested positive for blood doping while training in Turkey and was suspended in August.

Both test results led to Astana being kicked out of September's Tour of Spain. It also hasn't been invited to this year's Giro d'Italia, or Tour of Italy.

Contador and Levi Leipheimer, last year's third-place finisher, joined Astana in October as the team underwent a makeover.

ASO said it will monitor the team following the changes and consider it for future inclusion in the tour if it goes through the 2008 season without becoming embroiled in further doping scandals
 

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I like watching the cycling on TV over here. Eurosport show it a lot and it is a pity that so many have been caught taking the drugs. They are showing the main races on the web this year, if you keep this link then you will be able to see them, go to live streaming to see what is being shown on the web that week. You will have to stay up late to watch your favourite sports.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/

Great also for watching motor racing and many other sports. So far they have not shown the Fishing World Championship but I am ever hopeful.
 
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