Astana face license review after third positive test

Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:26pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) has officially asked the license commission to review the Astana team's world Tour (elite) status after the Kazakh outfit was hit by a third positive doping test this year.

"The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will ask the License Commission to undertake a full review of the management and anti-doping policies of the Astana Pro Team," the UCI said in a statement on Thursday.

"This follows the serious concerns raised by the fact that two Astana riders, Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy, recently tested positive for EPO and the notification this week that Ilya Davidenok has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for anabolic androgenic steroids in a sample collected at the

Tour de l’Avenir on 28th August 2014."

Astana already have a World Tour (elite) license for 2015.

Last week, the UCI said that Astana, who are managed by ex- doper Alexandre Vinokourov and have Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali in their ranks, could have "conditions attached to their license".

Astana are a member of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (Movement for Credible Cycling or MPCC), which enforces stricter anti-doping rules than the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

As per those rules, Astana suspended themselves for the season-ending Tour of Beijing which starts on Friday because they have had two doping cases in the team in the past 12 months.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)

Astana rider Maxim Iglinskiy of Kazakhstan cycles up the Col du Galibier during the 18th stage from Pinerolo to Galibier Serre-Chevalier at the Tour de France 2011 cycling race July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse