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The embattled Astana squad of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali issued a statement Friday, expressing regret over the recent doping positives of Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy, promising an internal investigation, and inviting the Kazakhstani brothers to speak before the UCI’s Cycling Independent Reform Commission.
Following the two doping positives, UCI president Brian Cookson questioned the team’s future in the WorldTour, while Astana followed protocol of the MPCC (Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible), a voluntary organization of pro teams, and self-suspended its participation from the Tour of Beijing, a WorldTour race it is required to attend under WorldTour regulations.
The team acknowledged in its statement that it fully expects a sanction for its lack of attendance. As reported by Cyclingnews.com, the team could face a fine of up to 100,000 Swiss Francs (almost $105,000) from the UCI’s Disciplinary Commission for missing Beijing.
Full text of the statement below:
Astana Pro Team very much regrets that Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy unexpectedly returned adverse analytical findings for EPO, and understands that this unfortunate event has led to concerns over the efficiency of internal measures taken to ensure that riders do not use prohibited substance or methods.
Astana Pro Team is deeply disappointed that these events have occurred, and reaffirms its absolute zero-tolerance policy towards all incidents of doping and unethical activity.
Astana Pro Team further confirms its desire to tackle these issues head on.
In this respect Astana Pro Team has auto-suspended itself from participation in World Tour events for a period of 8 days in accordance with obligations assumed when joining the MPCC (Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible) in 2013.
Consequently Astana Pro Team holds itself to a standard in excess of those requirements mandated by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) and by so doing is placing itself in technical violation of obligations to the UCI, for which Astana Pro Team expects to receive a sanction.
In the meantime Astana Pro Team is conducting an internal investigation, and wishes to reassure the UCI and the general public that preliminary findings demonstrate that the events are of an isolated nature, and that no other member of Astana Pro Team knew or took part.
Astana Pro Team will investigate the events more thoroughly in the following weeks, and will request an audit of its own stringent anti-doping policy to identify whether even stronger measures would be possible and legally enforceable.
Astana Pro Team’s General Manager has provided the UCI with a copy of the current version of the anti-doping policy in place within the team, and also informed the UCI of measures adopted immediately to remind all of its riders and staff of their obligations under such anti-doping policy.
Astana Pro Team looks forward to meeting with the UCI to listen to concerns that exist and to address directly any queries that it may have.
As part of the effort to underline its unwavering commitment to a clean sport, Astana Pro Team has also invited Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy to contact the CIRC (Cycling Independent Reform Commission) and will certainly implement recommendations contained in the CIRC’s report to help all teams in enforcing their own internal anti-doping rules.
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MILAN (VN) — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) dismissed Oleg Tinkov’s challenge to race all three grand tours in 2015. The Russian businessman and owner of team Tinkoff-Saxo offered one million Euros ($1,264,750) to split between his rider Alberto Contador, Nibali, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Chris Froome (Sky) if they raced all three grand tours in 2015.
“To put down one million euro for the four big grand tour stars is just a way to make yourself look good in front of the others,” Nibali told Italian website Tutto Bici. “The big four riders certainly don’t need his money.”
Tinkov explained at the Giro d’Italia route presentation on Monday that he would offer one million Euros to the four riders if they took the challenge and raced the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, and Vuelta a España, all in 2015. If the four accept, they could let the winner take the total prize or split it four ways, 250,000 Euros each.
Contador would likely accept if the other three said yes since Tinkov pays his wages. The Spaniard from Madrid, who won the Vuelta a España in September, already said that he would race the Giro and Tour in 2015.
Nibali has yet to define his 2015 program. ‘The Shark’ from Sicily said that he wants to return to the Giro d’Italia after winning in 2013, but Astana could have him skip it to focus on defending his title in the biggest race of the season.
“It’s not a question of money, but programming, goals, and a lifestyle choice. Already to prepare for a big race like the Tour requires a lot of self-sacrifice and a lot of work,” Nibali said.
“Cyclists are away from home often. We neglect our family to go race or to train for long periods at camps. Fitting in three grand tours would not be humane, at least for me.”
The managers of Movistar and Sky complimented Tinkov on his idea and explained that they would talk about it with Quintana and Froome, respectively.
Quintana already said that he would skip his Giro title defense in favor of the Tour de France, where he won the young rider classification and placed second overall to Froome in 2013. Froome explained last month in a teleconference that it is “tough” to race multiple grand tours in one year.
“From a performance point of view, it’s quite a serious undertaking,” Sky’s manager, David Brailsford said at the Leaders Sport Business Summit 2014. “But, from a conceptual point of view, I’m sure from a fans’ point of view, from a sporting point of view, I think it’s [Tinkov's idea] got a lot of merit.”
“I consider it a good idea, respectable, and we [will] think it over,” Team Movistar manager Eusebio Unzué told Spain’s Bici Ciclismo website.
“It would require giving up an important part of the race calendar, to reprogram and change habits. More than physically, it’d be difficult mentally.”
Tinkov explained Friday morning on Facebook that he wants to see the big stars at all three grand tours and to help create bigger interest in cycling, but his challenge will fail if only one, like Nibali, refuses to take it up.
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