The Fifth Team Astana Kazakh Rider Artur Fedosseyev Fails Doping Test

PARIS, Nov 26, 2014 (AFP) - Kazakhstan and it's professional cycling team Astana, whose star rider is Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, were rocked by yet another doping scandal on Wednesday with the news that a fifth rider had failed a drug test. Artur Fedosseyev, 20, from the Astana Continental, or reserve team, tested positive for steroids on August 16 during the Tour of Ain, … [Read more...]

Another Kazakh Rider Victor Okishev Tests Positive For Steroids

PARIS, Nov 19, 2014 (AFP) - Kazakh cycling team Astana's participation in next year's WorldTour was further compromised on Wednesday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced a fourth rider in two months had tested positive for a banned substance. Victor Okishev, who rides for Astana's reserve team, failed a test for steroids during the Asian championships last May and has … [Read more...]

Kazakh Rider Maxim Iglinskiy Tests Positive For EPO

PARIS, Oct 02, 2014 (AFP) - Kazakh rider Maxim Iglinskiy has been suspended after testing positive for EPO, his Astana team have disclosed. Iglinskiy, 33, apparently failed the test on August 1, according to the International Cycling Union, UCI. His younger brother Valentin also tested positive for the substance in August and immediately admitted taking the banned substance. … [Read more...]

UCI Announces Changes To Anti-Doping Judgements

PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 25, 2014 (AFP) - Cycling's world governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced on Thursday a change to how riders will be judged if they test positive for banned substances. Previously it had been up to a rider's individual national federation to decide if they were guilty of doping or not and to mete out a punishment if need be. But … [Read more...]

Roman Kreuziger Cleared Of Doping By Czech Committee

PRAGUE, Sept 22, 2014 (AFP) - The Czech Olympic Committee on Monday cleared Roman Kreuziger of doping charges after the cyclist had been banned from the sport for months over problems with his biological passport. The committee said on its website that "the values in the cyclist's biological passport did not exceed the basal (extreme) values". It said it had "considered the expert … [Read more...]

Matteo Rabottini Has Positive Test For EPO, Out of World Championships

MILAN, Sept 13, 2014 (AFP) - Italian Matteo Rabottini has been excluded from his national squad for the upcoming world cycling championships following a positive test for a banned blood booster, the Italian cycling federation (FCI) said. Cycling's world ruling body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), provisionally suspended Rabottini on Friday following his positive test for … [Read more...]

No Positive Results At The 2014 Tour de France

PARIS, Sept 02, 2014 - There were no positive dope tests at this year's Tour de France, world cycling's governing body the UCI announced on Tuesday. "All the samples collected were systematically analysed to detect stimulants and erythropoiesis," said the UCI, the latter being the process which produces red blood cells. "Isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) was also analysed in … [Read more...]

Daryl Impey Cleared Of Doping Of Probenecid

PARIS, Aug 29, 2014 (AFP) - South African Daryl Impey has been cleared of doping and can return to competition, the ORICA-GreenEDGE rider and his Australian team confirmed on Friday. The South African, the first-ever African to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey last year, tested positive in February for Probenecid. Impey said in a statement that he had been able to prove a … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Says The Lie Would Have Continued

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LOS ANGELES, Aug 20, 2014 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he hadn't been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. "If this stuff hadn't taken place with the federal investigation, I'd probably still be saying 'no' with the same conviction and tone as before. But that gig is up," Armstrong … [Read more...]

CAS Upholds Roman Kreuziger Doping Suspension

GENEVA, Aug 20, 2014 - Czech rider Roman Kreuziger on Wednesday failed in his effort to enter the Tour of Spain, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a provisional suspension amid a doping probe. The CAS said it had rejected Kreuziger's appeal, which he filed on August 5 in a last-ditch effort to join this year's edition of the Vuelta, which begins on Saturday. "In … [Read more...]