Ilya Davidenok

What’s next for Astana? Team indicates it will fight UCI request to withdraw licence

Responding to the UCI’s stated request to its Licence Commission to withdraw Astana’s WorldTour licence, the team has indicated that it will fight the decision before that commission and may also take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The statement raises the prospect of a battle between the team of Tour […]


Tour champion Nibali may require wildcard invite as Astana faces withdrawal of licence

Despite having Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali on its roster, the Astana squad has realised that the UCI’s previous promise to keep it under close scrutiny was far from an empty one. Following a thorough investigation of the team by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL), the governing body […]


Vinokourov: “We want our credibility back as a matter of urgency”

Reputation damaged by a total of five positive tests from the Astana WorldTour and Continental teams in the latter half of 2014, Alexandre Vinokourov has said that regaining people’s trust is a major priority for the setup. “We want to get our credibility back as a matter of urgency,” the WorldTour team’s general manager said […]


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 […]