Astana WorldTour Riding License Under UCI Review

Team Astana’s WorldTour riding license to come under review by UCI- International Cycling Union have declared that they would be scanning the license of the team following the dope test failure of 3 Astana riders last August.

Maxim & Valentin Iglinskiy were the two among the 3 Astana riders who tested positive last August for banned blood-boosting dug EPO. Moreover, trainee rider Ilya Davidenok has also shown positive results revealing steroids consumption late August this year.

Team Astana already have their WorldTour 2015 license but International Cycling Union have further requested them to appear at their License Commission soon for a thorough assessment of the ethical criteria of the license.

“This follows serious concerns arising from the very fact that a couple of Astana cyclists Maxim & Valentin Iglinskiy have lately shown positive test results for EPO & the very notice this time that Davidenok (llya) has returned adverse analytical revelation for androgenic anabolic steroids in the sample gathered at l’Avenir Tour on August 28, 2014”, read a recent statement from UCI.

“According to UCI rules, it’s expected that Astana would come up before our License Commission soon for a thorough assessment of their compliance level in accordance to ethical criteria to ensure proper application of needed measures.”

The honorable License Commission is to decide whether & by what extent Astana or/and the team management can be held responsible for the recent unethical events. UCI won’t be commenting further currently.”

Astana suspended themselves- voluntarily- from Beijing Tour following the positive dope results of Iglinskiy in compliance with regulations of Movement for Credible Cycling, where they hold their membership.”

Alexandre Vinokourov, the squad manager, expressed “deep disappointment” over the 2 failed doping tests & announced to launch internal investigation soon. Interestingly, Vinokourov himself is an ex doper.