Cycling's governing body will ask the Licence Commission to review Astana's management as another rider fails anti-doping test

Astana’s place in the WorldTour looks under threat as the UCI ask the Licence Commission to review the team’s management and anti-doping policies after a third rider fails an anti-doping test.

Following on from riders Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy, who both tested positive for blood booster EPO in August, llya Davidenok of the Continental Team Astana tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids at the Tour de l’Avenir at the end of the same month.

Kazak rider Davidenok has requested to have his B sample analysed, but will be provisionally suspended until the results of the analysis come through.

The incidents have cast a serious cloud over the team, who celebrated victory at the Tour de France this year with Vincenzo Nibali, and they will now face an assessment from the Licence Commission to determine whether they are suitably complying with the ethical criteria set out by the UCI.

The Licence Commission is a the UCI’s body for issuing, reviewing and withdrawing WorldTour licences, and will now decide whether to withdraw the licence from Astana, whose management includes Alexander Vinokourov, who was involved in a number of doping scandals himself during his career.

The UCI has declined to comment further at this stage.

  • Bob Smith

    Vino. and his crew need to be kicked out of the sport, won’t happen though as the UCI is still corrupt….

  • dourscot

    Kick them out and wipe the smug expression off Vino’s face once and for all.

  • John Westwell

    The report says that the UCI is reviewing their licence to see if they are complying with their criteria. Unfortunately, if the UCI acts prematurely and without a cast-iron case, Astana’s lawyers will have any sanction rescinded. To give one example of a similar case in the past, Richard Virenque appealed successfully against ASO’s decision to ban him from participating in the Tour de France in 1999.

  • Tony

    Astana management are so thick skinned, I don’t think it would.

  • Tony

    This needs decisive action once and for all by the UCI, NOW. Sadly, all three recent doping cases at Astana have happened under the noses of the new regime at the UCI. Tear their licence up and ban all current managers at Astana for life.

  • Gordon Morris

    Null all their victories this year. That will teach them.