Vinokourov: Too easy for people to just point the finger at Astana

Astana team manager questions the absence of six WorldTour teams from the Movement for Credible Cycling

Photo: Andy Jones

Astana team manager Alexander Vinokourov leapt to the defence of his team's anti-doping credibility this week and challenged the choice of six WorldTour teams, including Team Sky and BMC, to remain unaffiliated to the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC).

After a series of doping scandals in late 2014 around the Astana team and their Pro Continental counterpart, including both the Iglinskiy brothers testing positive for EPO, the UCI referred the team to its Licence Commission, which eventually awarded the team its WorldTour licence with a number of caveats.

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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).