Vincenzo Nibali Leads the Charge On Team Sky In 2014

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Dec 16, 2014 (AFP) - After two years of Sky dominance, 2014 was the season that the rest fought back and but for the Astana doping scandals, would have gone down as a vintage edition. Team Sky had in many eyes taken the drama out of the Tour de France by guiding Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to dominant victories in 2012 and 2013 … [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...]

Vincenzo Nibali ‘Not Leaving’ Embattled Team Astana

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by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Nov 28, 2014 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali insisted he will not quit the embattled cycling team Astana following the doping positives of two teammates and three from the suspended Astana Continental outfit. "I'm not leaving, even though I would have every right to," Nibali told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday. Astana's … [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...]

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 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 … [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...]

Vincenzo Nibali With Advantage As Astana Wins Time Trial

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MADRID, Community of Madrid, Aug 24, 2013 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team won the team time trial ahead of RadioShack and Omega Pharma-Quickstep as the 2013 Tour of Spain got underway on Saturday. Nibali, who is looking to add a second Vuelta victory to his Giro d'Italia win earlier this year, was given the perfect start as the Kazakh team came home 10 seconds ahead of RadioShack … [Read more...]

Astana Took To The Dane Jakob Fuglsang For Tour Glory

PARIS, June 24, 2013 - Danish climber Jakob Fuglsang will be the Astana team's main hope for competing for yellow in this year's Tour de France which gets underway in Corsica next Saturday. Fuglsang, 28, will be the team leader in the absence of Italian Vincenzo Nibali, who was third in the Tour last year for the Lampre team but has already earned his spurs for his new outfit this … [Read more...]

Team Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali Eyes Giro d’Italia Success

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PARIS, April 30, 2013 (AFP) - Cycling's Astana team believe they can win the forthcoming Tour of Italy, which starts in Naples on Saturday with their in-form team leader Vincenzo Nibali. The Sicilian-born rider, already a winner of one of the other main tours, Spain's Vuelta, was tipped for success in the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday by the Kazakh cycling federation-backed outfit's … [Read more...]