Astana leave team hotel Tour de France 2007

The Astana team left the Tour de France in disgrace today after their leader, Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for an homologous blood transfusion.

Vinokourov tested positive after the 54km time trial in Albi on Saturday, the stage he won by over a minute from Cadel Evans. His Astana team mates Andreas Klöden and Andrey Kashechkin finished third and fourth on the stage, raising many eyebrows.

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