Andrey Kashechkin's 'B' sample, taken on August 1 in an out-of-competition dope control in Turkey, has tested positive for blood doping. Previously, the Astana rider's 'A' sample had returned a positive result for homologous blood transfusion, and Kashechkin had requested that his 'B' sample be tested.

Kashechkin had been suspended pending the results of the B sample, and now Astana have dismissed Kashechkin from the squad permanently. His Kazakh compatriot and former team-mate Alexandre Vinokourov also tested positive for homologous blood transfusion during the Tour de France and was sacked by the team.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.