Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Vinokourov tests positive - Astana withdraws from Tour

As reported first by our favorite newspaper (L'Equipe) and our favorite leaker err reporter (Damien Ressiot), Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) tested positive for homologous blood doping after Saturday's time trial in Albi; here's the story in English. As a consequence, Team Astana withdraw from the Tour. The doping test was conducted by our favorite anti-doping lab, LNDD, in Paris.

It said two distinctive types of red blood cells were found in the A sample and showed that Vinokourov received a blood transfusion from a compatible donor shortly before the time trial.

Considering LNDD's proven record of incompetence and screw-up's, it makes me wonder whether this doping result will be contested. But as in every other case, we need to await the B sample results, which though doesn't prevent any ADA or cycling union to go public immediately. L'Equipe, owned by ASO, might have gotten the story directly from the source.

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