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Oh Merde…Vinokourov Fails Doping Test, Astana Withdraws July 24, 2007

Posted by dperry1ma in Andreas Kloden, Andrey Kashechkin, Astana, Doping.
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In a rebound that amazed all yesterday, Alexander Vinokourov may have had some help.  It has been announced that Vinokourov failed a test for homologous blood doping following yesterday’s Stage win.  It has also been announced that Team Astana is withdrawing from the Tour de France.

This is terrible news for the sport and the Tour de France, coming even as suspicions are swirling around Yellow Jersey holder Michael Rasmussen for his failure to make himself accessible for testing, and sponsors around the world are re-assessing their support for professional cycling.

Astana’s other riders including Andreas Kloden and Andrey Kashechkin will be denied the opportunity to compete for the Yellow Jersey, with Kloden in particular theoretically still in the running for the podium in Paris.

More on this as it develops.

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