Team Astana receives 2008 Giro d'Italia invitation
Team set to prove its worth in Italy with riders such as Contador, Leipheimer and Klöden.
but now I need to fly to Italy and prepare myself for a tough three-week race. I haven’t had the opportunity to take an in-depth look at the course, but I know we’ll tackle some big climbs. I’ve also read that there are four time trials, which leads to me believe there will be some great opportunities for a rider like me,” commented Leipheimer from his home in California.
2007 Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador, who had a successful start of the season with stage and overall wins in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and Pais-Vasco, received the news while recovering from a dental operation. In spite of the dental trouble he was able to provide us with the following comment “It was a big surprise to me when Johan called me, since I was on a holiday. It is a big challenge for me and our team.”
The staff and the nine chosen riders will spend the next week in preparation for the first Grand Tour of 2008. We wish you the best of luck in Italy. Go prove why you should have been invited to the 2008 Tour de France too!
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