Alexandre Vinokourov and his Astana-Wurth team have said they will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to defend their right to start the Tour de France but a decision is likely to come less than 24 hours before Saturday?s prologue.

On Monday Tour organizers ASO asked the troubled Spanish team not to travel to Strasbourg after further revelations in El Pais newspaper and because former team manager Manolo Saiz is still the majority share holder of the team. ASO claim they have the right to exclude any team that damages the image of the Tour even if that team is part of the UCI ProTour and so automatically qualifies for the race.

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