The troubled Astana team were again at the centre of a major doping scandal after revealing that Andrej Kashechkin tested positive for homologues blood doping in a surprise test carried out two days after the Tour de France in Belek, Turkey.

Kashechkin was immediately suspended by the Astana team until the result of the B analysis is known. If the test is confirmed positive, he is almost certain to be sacked, as was the case when team mate and compatriot Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for the same homologues blood doping during the Tour de France.

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