September 11, 2006
Vinokourov and Kasheckin miss doping appointment
Eurosport | Vino and Kashechkin miss tests Bookending the stage that ended with Petacchi ending his season unexpectedly, Astana's two Vuelta leaders missed a doping check on Sunday morning. Apparently, the vampires showed up unannounced at the team hotel after Andrey Kasheckin and Alexandre Vinokourov had already left for the 10 a.m. start in the team bus. They asked the bus to come back, but team officials refused, fearing the riders couldn't make the roundtrip in time for the race start. Their 6 teammates and the 9 riders of AG2R were all tested and allowed to start. It doesn't appear any action will be taken against Vinokourov or Kasheckin.
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I know the rules are pretty picky about riders keeping their whereabouts known for random testing. Sounds like the testing guys blew it, as they knew exactly when and where to find the riders that morning, but arived at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Posted by: nevins at Sep 12, 2006 2:49:52 PM