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Screw the ASO and screw the ProTour teams for not sticking up for one another. (see Unibet last year and Astana this year)
If the Pro riders really want to take control of their own futures they need to stand behind the UCI and protest the ASO events by refusing to ride in them.
Otherwise, disolve the UCI and start a new union under the ASO and be done with it.
But who'll be next on the ASO hit list? What will teams like CSC, High Road, Lotto, Quik Step, etc., do when they get banned from the TdF and other classics in the coming years? Who will stand up for and with them? Not any of the other Pro teams at this point.
This whole thing is stupid and quite frankly, if Astana isn't going to be allowed in this year's TdF I won't care to watch. It won't make a difference on ratings but you have to stand for something, even if you are by yourself. But how exciting will it be if the defending champ and two major contendors won't be there?
I'm sticking with US domestic racing. Go Rock Racing! Screw the DeTour de France!