The new Astana squad is at training camp this week and there are some fabulous shots of the new team by Graham Watson over at Velo News.
It's an impressive team that is no doubt striking fear into the hearts of many a European team director but these pictures are just a little weird. The old Disco riders are still under contract with the Discovery Channel to wear their Disco kit right up to the end of 2007 so, even though they've signed with Astana and they're at Astana training camp, they still need to wear the old black and blue until Jan 1.
Looking at the pics of this new, exciting team makes me really start looking forward to the 2008 season. Johan Bruyneel and the Astana boys are going to make things very interesting out on the road. I can't wait.
No doubt 2008 will include those great moments in cycling that bring tears to our eyes (admit it boys, you know what I'm talking about) as well as those horrible moments where you read something that makes you feel like you've been kicked in the gut. I'm sure it will all be there, but isn't that part of what we love about it ? And this year I hope that we can go through the whole roller coaster ride together.
Be sure to come back and visit on Jan 1 (or as soon as the hangover has worn off) as I'll be talking about a very cool new website that I've been involved with that's being launched that day with an awesome new contest that's offering prizes would make any warm-blooded cyclist drool.
Before I go I just want to send a big Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone out there. Thanks to all of you who have become regular readers and true friends. I so appreciate all of your support and encouragement. It's so much more fun to be a cycling fan with you guys around.
Please have a safe and happy holiday season everyone!