Sunday, February 17, 2008

Let Levi Ride

A group of Levi Leipheimer supporters has created a new Web site and online petition in an attempt to change the ASO's decision to exclude his Astana team from the 2008 Tour de France.

"On February 13th, the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO) barred Team Astana from competing in any race or event organized by the ASO in 2008. The ASO owns premiere cycling events like Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Tours, and the famed Tour de France.

The ASO cited the doping scandals of last year’s Tour de France as justification.

There can be no comparison between the Astana team of 2007 and the new Astana. The entire organizational structure has been rebuilt under the direction of the team’s new General Manager, Johan Bruyneel, who has thoroughly cleaned house. What’s more, Astana has adopted the rigorous doping controls developed by anti-doping expert Dr. Rasmus Damsgaard, and Astana now spends more money on anti-doping controls than any other team in the pro peloton."

While this effort is likely to have little impact on the stodgy ASO leadership, visit the Web site and sign the petition:

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