UCI requests review of Astana licence after third doping scandal

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has asked the sport’s licence commission to review the status of Astana after a third positive doping test this year emerged from the leading WorldTour team.

Astana already has a WorldTour licence for the 2015 season. However, last week the UCI said that the team could have “conditions attached to their licence.”

The UCI said yesterday (Thursday) evening: “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will ask the License Commission to undertake a full review of the management and anti-doping policies of the Astana Pro Team.”

“This follows the serious concerns raised by the fact that two Astana riders, Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy, recently tested positive for EPO and the notification this week that Ilya Davidenok has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for anabolic androgenic steroids in a sample collected at the Tour de l’Avenir on 28th August 2014."

Astana, whose riders include Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, are a member of the MPCC, the Movement for Credible Cycling, which enforces stricter anti-doping rules than the World Anti-Doping Agency. As a result, Astana has suspended itself for the season-ending Tour of Beijing, which starts today, due to having had two doping cases in the team in the past 12 months.