Far from letting yesterday's news that team leader Alexandre Vinokourov failed a doping test for at the Tour de France, and their subsequent withdrawal from the race stop them, Astana have issued a press statement saying that they will carry on racing.

According to Union Cycliste International rules, Astana will not be able to take part in any future ProTour events since two of the squad's members have now tested positive for illegal substances: Vinokourov and Matthias Kessler. Eddy Mazzoleni has also been suspended from the outfit due to his involvement with a doping investigation in Italy.

Astana's press release:

Astana Cycling Team goes on with its activities
Contrary to what some medias announced, the Astana Cycling Team goes on with its activities and will be at the start of the next two races: Sachsen Tour (July 25?29) and Brixia Tour (July 26-29).

The team?s management, still in Pau (FRA), just received the total support of the President of the Cycling Federation of Kazakhstan, Mr Danial Akhmetov.

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