Vincenzo Nibali future in balance as UCI ponders Astana licence

Tour winner's agent says he'll stay honour his contract until the result of an appeal, even if Astana loses its licence following doping scandals

Vincenzo Nibali on stage fourteen of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Team Astana, Vincenzo Nibali and those related to the team are remaining quiet as a crucial decision looms on the team's future. Following several positive drug tests and reports of links to doping doctor Michele Ferrari, the UCI must decide if the team has a right to race on the WorldTour in 2015.

The Tour de France winner is in Calpe, Spain, at a training camp with his team. He postponed planned interviews with Spanish press until Thursday, one day after his team's future will be determined.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.