Giro boss confident Astana case will be settled before May

Mauro Vegni, the Giro d'Italia race director, says Brian Cookson agrees that the Astana licence situation needs to be resolved before the year's first Grand Tour

Astana chases on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Race director Mauro Vegni does not want Astana to spoil his Giro d'Italia race this May as Alberto Contador did when he raced and won in 2011.

Contador tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol in the 2010 Tour de France, but was able to race while the case continued, only to see his Giro title stripped after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) failed.

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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.