In an unprecedented move ASO, the parent company of Le Tour, announced they will not invite the team of the current champion. The Astana team was completely disgraced last year, but the team is completely rebuilt this year. All that remains is the name and the sponsor. The managment and the key riders are fresh. ASO has made a mistake and lessened the credibility of Le Tour this year. Previously I supported the Grand Tours breaking from the ProTour, but I see now that my support was misguided if these are to be the silly decisions of the race organizers. I hope the Astana riders and their management can set new goals for the season and prove they should have been there after all.