Katusha rider dropped from Vuelta start list amid allegations of 'drunkenness'

On the eve of 2015's final Grand Tour, Egor Silin accused of unprofessional conduct following Olympic road race test event in Brazil

Egor Silin on stage two of the 2014 Tour Down Under (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Katusha's problems continue ahead of the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on Saturday.

First came Giampaolo Caruso's positive test for EPO; today, the Russian team were seemingly forced to make a last-minute team change for the Vuelta after Egor Silin was removed from the start list, allegedly for unprofessional behaviour following the Olympic road race test event in Rio de Janeiro.

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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.