Three leaders for Astana

Astana with three-pronged attack
By Eurosport

03/10/2006 at 13:18Updated

Astana sporting director Walter Godefroot has revealed his team will start the Tour de France with three team leaders for the general classification. The former T-Mobile boss said Alexandre Vinokourov, Andreas Kloeden and Andrey Kashechkin would all go fo

Speaking to German magazine Kicker, Godefroot insisted Kloeden was not brought in as merely a helper to Vinkourov.

He said: "We don't hire someone who has finished second or third in the Tour de France to be a helper to Vinokourov. We have other riders for that."

The 63-year-old admitted he relished the prospect of the three-pronged attack, insisting: "It will be very, very difficult to adjust to for our rivals."

He did, however, rule out a move for under-fire former T-Mobile leader Jan Ullrich, currently under investigation into allegations he was implicated in the 'Operacion Puerto' blood doping affair.

"Even if he has not been charged with doping, and there is no decision from a court, I still couldn't imagine it. A contract seems to be out of the question," Godefroot said.