UCI Calls For The Withdrawal Of Team Astana Licence Over Doping

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Lausanne, Feb 27, 2015 (AFP) - The UCI world cycling federation on Friday called for the withdrawal of the racing licence for the Astana team of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali over doping accusations. The UCI said a study on the Kazakhstan-based team contains "compelling grounds" for a review by the body's independently-run Licence Commission and that it requests "the Astana Pro … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Must Pay $10M After Arbitration Loss

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Dallas, Feb 16, 2015 (AFP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of seven Tour de France titles for doping, must pay $10 million (8.8 million euros) after losing an arbitration dispute with SCA Promotions. The Texas firm announced Monday in a statement that the arbitration panel punished Armstrong for "an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and … [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...]

Vincenzo Nibali Unconcerned By Team Astana Doping Problems

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 23, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year. In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another … [Read more...]

Team Astana Forced Out Of Tour of Beijing For Doping Enforcement

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 … [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...]