Astana Continental Team suspended by Alexander Vinokourov over doping scandals

-Three riders from the Astana Continental Team tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids in 2014 -General manager Vinokourov confident WorldTour team will secure licence for 2015

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Alexander Vinokourov has reportedly suspended the Astana Continental Team after it was announced yesterday that a third rider from its ranks has failed anti-doping controls.

Rider Artur Fedosseyev tested positive on a sample taken at the Tour de l’Ain in August, while Victor Okishev and Ilya Davidenok both shown to have used the same banned substance, anabolic androgenic steroids, from samples taken at races in May and August respectively.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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