Suspended Rider Mauro Santambrogio Fails Dope Test Number 2

PARIS, Dec 18, 2014 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Mauro Santambrogio, who is already serving a doping suspension, has failed another drugs test, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said Thursday. The 30-year-old Italian, who can ask for his 'B' sample to be analysed, failed an out of competition test on October 22 for high levels of testosterone. Santambrogio had failed a first test at … [Read more...]

Team Astana Retains Their UCI World Tour Licence For 2015

PARIS, Dec 10, 2014 (AFP) - Doping-scandal tainted Astana, whose leading rider is this year's Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali, were on Wednesday granted a World Tour licence for the 2015 season by the International Cycling Union. However, the UCI said that, while the licence had been granted, Astana would have to agree to conditions, including being audited by the Institute … [Read more...]

Banned Doping Doctor Michele Ferrari Denies Team Astana Link

by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Dec 09, 2014 (AFP) - A doctor banned for life for doping offences involving top athletes including Lance Armstrong has hit back at reports of a secret meeting with members of the embattled Astana cycling team. A report in Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday claimed Dr Michele Ferrari, reputed for his expertise in helping athletes avoid detection while … [Read more...]

Banned Doping Doctor Michele Ferrari Met With Astana

TURIN, Italy, Dec 08, 2014 (AFP) - Astana's hopes of remaining within cycling's professional ranks suffered a potential blow after a report on Monday claimed team members met with a banned doctor known for helping Lance Armstrong to cheat his way to success. Astana's Pro Tour future is hanging in the balance after brothers Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy, and three riders from the Astana … [Read more...]

Roman Kreuziger Unveils His Biological Passport Data

GENEVA, Dec 02, 2014 - Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger, who has been facing doping charges over problems in his biological passport, has published the document on his website Tuesday to back his claim to innocence. "I have never doped and never tested positive for doping," the 28-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo rider wrote in English on the www.kreuzigercase.com website. "In the documents … [Read more...]

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...]