MILAN, Oct 06, 2014 (AFP) – The Astana cycling team home to Touyr de France
champion Vincenzo Nibali will not compete in the upcoming Tour of Beijing
after they enforced the rules of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC)
whereby a team is automatically suspended for a week because of two doping
infractions within a year.
The decision by Astana, who are run by controversial former rider Alexandre
Vinokourov, will see them not only miss the final event in the WorldTour
calendar, which runs from October 10-14, but also the two semi-classics the
Tour of Emilia and the Beghelli Grand Prix.
“All the team must not compete during this period,” the MPCC said.
“This temporary suspension will allow the team to put in place measures
that they judge useful.”
Since the summer Astana has seen Kazakh duo Valentin Iglinsky and his older
brother Maxim test positive for EPO.
Astana, who only signed up to the MPCC in 2013, is the third team to apply
the rule following Rusvelo and AG2R, one of the founding members of the body
created in 2007, who both had two doping cases apiece within the time limit.