Vincenzo Nibali: Don't punish Astana for individual dopers

The Italian 2014 Tour de France winner says that riders who cheat "should pay a lot"

Vincenzo Nibali in the 2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege

(Image credit: Watson)

Vincenzo Nibali is looking to put Astana's stormy recent history behind him as he approaches the defence of his Tour de France title.

The 30-year-old, who won the 2014 edition of the Tour by more than seven minutes from Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, said that the doping scandals which engulfed his team last year was "something I am not responsible for."

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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.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).