The 2008 Tour de France will have two American teams. Slipstream Chipolte was added to the 20 team roster. However, it was confirmed that Astana will not be invited.
Slipstream's entrance comes as a surprise to me. I thought with this past week's poor performance at Paris-Nice the US squad would be out of consideration. ASO likes the team's anti-doping policy and thinks they could animate the race. French team Agruibel and Great Britain's Barloworld got the other two invites. It's great to see Barloworld back in the mix after a great tour last year. Soler won the King of the Mountains and a mountain stage. While Robbie Hunter grabbed a technical sprinting stage. I think the Agruibel decision is questionable. Mercardo grabbed a stage two years ago, but other then that the squad has been lack luster. They were included this season because they signed Christoph Moreau the French National Champion. I'd like to see Tinkoff Credit Systems get the nod. They have a great attacking squad. They lit up the Giro last year and deserve a shot at the tour. They animate races and with the addition of Loddo they have a decent sprinter.