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Astana opens the cycling season in New Mexico working on image

Updated: January 29, 2008, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Johan Bruyneel has a message for the cycling community: Forget last year's troubled Astana team.

Bruyneel, the architect of Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories, raised eyebrows a few months ago when he took over a team that was shamefully dismissed from last year's Tour amid a doping scandal.

"A lot of people told me, 'What are you thinking?" Bruyneel said Tuesday as Astana cyclists continued high-altitude training in New Mexico.

"But I didn't ...

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