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Tour won't relent on Astana ban despite Giro decision

Updated: May 6, 2008, 7:18 AM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Tour de France organizers will stick by their ruling to bar 2007 champion Alberto Contador and his Astana team from this year's race despite the Giro d'Italia's decision to let them enter the Italian event.

Italian organizers changed their minds last week and afforded Contador's team a spot in the Giro, which starts Saturday.

But the Amaury Sport Organization, which owns the Tour de France and other stage races including Paris-Nice, said Tuesday it will not change its decision ...

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