Ilya Davidenok

Vinokourov makes claims of Italian and European bias against Astana, considers legal action

Despite the fact that the team includes the strongest Italian rider and the current Tour de France winner, Vincenzo Nibali, Alexandre Vinokourov is suggesting that a bias against the team on the part of Italian media might be behind the recent negative press about Astana. Vinokourov, who admitted working with Michele Ferrari in 2007 and […]


Astana receives WorldTour licence for 2015 despite doping cases and Ferrari link

Although the combined WorldTour and Continental teams have had five positive tests since August and the team has been heavily implicated in the Padova report linking riders and squads to the banned doping doctor Michele Ferrari, the Astana squad has confirmed that it has been given a WorldTour licence for 2015. It released a brief […]


MPCC: Unfair to consider Astana WorldTour and Continental teams as same entity

Roger Legeay, the president of the MPCC anti-doping organisation, has said that he believes it is unfair to consider as one block the five positive tests this year relating to Astana-backed riders. Speaking to CyclingTips, Legeay said that it was important to treat the positive tests by Astana WorldTour riders Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy as […]


Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Astana Continental team ‘suspended indefinitely’ by Vinokourov after Fedosseyev’s positive test; Women’s NRS expanded in 2015 with two new races; Canadian William Goodfellow receives two-year ban for anti-doping violation; Rui Costa’s brother Mario inks deal to race alongside him with Lampre-Merida; Peter Sagan helps launch […]


Canadian pro Woods blasts Astana rider Davidenok over Qinghai Lake dominance and doping

The reactions of cycling fans and the media to the spate of Astana-team positives have been clear to those following the news on twitter and in reports, but another group which has been more affected has been relatively silent thus far. However Canadian pro rider Michael Woods has made his feelings clear on his Rustywoods […]


Astana Continental team ‘suspended indefinitely’ by Vinokourov after Fedosseyev’s positive test

Reacting to yet another positive test pertaining to an Astana-linked team, Alexandre Vinokourov has suspended the Continental squad connected to the latest doping issue. The move follows Wednesday’s announcement by the UCI that the Kazakhstani rider Artur Fedosseyev had a positive A sample for anabolic androgenic steroids in a test taken on August 16. The […]


Yet another doping positive for an Astana-linked rider: Fedosseyev is number five

The steady erosion of credibility has continued in relation to the Astana team, with a fifth rider connected to the setup confirmed as returning a positive test. The UCI’s list of provisional doping suspensions was updated Wednesday with the name of the Kazakhstani rider Artur Fedosseyev, who returned a positive A sample for anabolic androgenic […]


Nibali on Astana positives: “Risking and cheating today is for stupid people.”

Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has repeated his previous assertions that the Astana team does not have a systematic doping problem, dismissing any suggestions that a spate of positive tests linked to the team could reflect a coordinated policy. Speaking to the Guardian, Nibali was commenting after brothers Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy tested positive […]


Fourth rider linked to Astana team tests positive; Okishev fails A test for steroids

Already facing the scrutiny of the UCI Licence Commission, which will decide whether or not the team should be given a WorldTour licence for 2015, the doping cloud the Astana team is under has darkened with the news that a fourth rider with links to the team has tested positive. The UCI announced Wednesday that […]


Astana’s Fuglsang says he wouldn’t trust all of Tinkoff Saxo, defends team choice

Asked about his choice of team in light of the three positive tests which have hit the Astana squad in recent weeks, Jakob Fuglsang has explained his decision to sign with the squad, rejected any doping on his part and raised questions about Tinkoff Saxo. “To a certain extent I can understand people who doubt […]