Team Astana To Face Licence Review After Third Positive Test


PARIS, Oct 16, 2014 (AFP) – The International Cycling Union (UCI) said
Thursday it has asked its licence commission to undertake a full review of the
management and anti-doping policies of the Astana team after a third case
involving one of its riders.

The Kazakhstan-based team of 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali
has already been granted a licence for 2015.

But it could lose this licence or have conditions attached to it after the
announcement that Kazakh llya Davidenok has tested positive for an anabolic
steroid, after brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy tested positive for EPO.

The UCI said in a statement: “This follows the serious concerns raised by
the fact that two Astana riders Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy recently tested
positive for EPO and the notification this week that llya Davidenok has
returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for anabolic androgenic steroids in a
sample collected at the Tour de l’Avenir on 28th August 2014.

“IIya Davidenok has ridden from 1st January 2012 to date for Continental
Team Astana and since 1st August 2014 has also been a stagiaire (trainee) with
Astana Pro Team.

“The rider has the right to request analysis of the B sample and in
accordance with UCI Anti-doping Rules has been provisionally suspended until
the adjudication of the matter.”

The licence commission is the competent body for issuing, reviewing,
withdrawing and attaching conditions to UCI WorldTour licences and ensuring
that licence-holders continuously comply with the terms of the licence.

“As per the UCI regulations, it is expected that the team will appear
before the licence commission within the next month for an assessment of the
team’s level of compliance with the ethical criteria so that the appropriate
measures can be then taken,” the UCI statement added.

“It will be for the licence commission to determine whether and to what
extent the team and/or its management is responsible for recent events. The
UCI will not comment further at this stage.”

The Astana team is run by controversial former rider Alexandre Vinokourov,
who was banned for blood doping in 2007-2009.