On Eurosport it's reported: The Astana team are set to race at the Vuelta a Espana in September after UCI president Pat McQuaid backed the decision of race organisers Unipublic to invite the Kazakh outfit. No Sanctions in the current climate isn't this strange? What about Cofidis? What about the years wages who is that paid to? This was a great chance to sweep out the bad teams/managers and start again. Now all we will hear in September is: 'the questions remain over the Astana squad after the TDF'.