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June 30, 2006

It's official: Vinokourov, Astaná-Wuerth out

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Astaná-Würth is out of the Tour. Active Bay, which manages the team, announced the withdrawal this afternoon, when it became apparent they wouldn't have enough riders to take the start tomorrow morning in Strasbourg.

“This measure does not concern the team's riders of the Tour de France that are not included in the dossier: Alexander Vinokourov, Andrey Kashechkin, Carlos Barredo and Luis León Sanchez. Nevertheless, the withdrawal of the riders that appear in the above-mentioned dossier implies that the Tour of France team will not have the minimum number of riders demanded by the UCI rules, which means the team will not be able to take the start tomorrow morning in the Tour de France.”

Posted by Frank Steele on June 30, 2006 in Alexandre Vinokourov, Andrey Kashechkin, Doping, Jorg Jaksche, Joseba Beloki, Manolo Saiz, Top Stories, Tour de France 2006 | Permalink


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Even if Ullrich, Basso and all the rest are guilty, that's completely bad news for Vinokourov and the other riders (presumably innocent) on the team. First the shakeup of Liberty Seguros, and now this....

Posted by: Fritz at Jun 30, 2006 5:54:13 PM

Damn, poor Vino.

Posted by: noelle at Jun 30, 2006 6:55:45 PM

Wake up everybody! Three weeks of racing with time trials, mountains, sprinting, etc,, and no
pharmaceuticals to help the riders out? Are we that stupid? And the Tour organizers, UCI.....bunch of hypocrites! They know damn well what goes on in this sport and when someone is implicated they act all righteous with their zero tolerance policy. Bastards! I've lost respect for this sport and it's flim-flam governing body.

Posted by: coppi at Jun 30, 2006 10:38:56 PM

CN: Vinokourov hasn't been named in this investigation, he hasn't been listed as one of the riders concerned. If this team is prevented from starting, is there any possibility that a rider in that situation can transfer to another team before the Tour?

PMcQ: It is something that we would look that. I personally believe that it would be a great shame if he did not take part in the Tour, because he is completely innocent of any of these allegations. It would be a shame if he could not take the start because of what anybody else has done.

Posted by: kabas at Jul 1, 2006 3:12:59 AM

Am I missing something??
What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Let them race, take depositions, investigate, let the Tour finish with all intact. Having everyone tried and convicted in the media based upon a list of "decoded" names is moronic and infantile and spekas to hidden agendas.

When the trials/reviews/panels etc are done with their "stuff", then draw a conclusion. Yank them from the podium if guilty, strip them of any titles/$$ and ban them for 2 yrs or life if it must be. But the current witch hunt is forever impacting the Tour and the innocent stakeholders.

Vino will be sorely missed, he was aggressive and kept all others on their toes!!

Posted by: DJ at Jul 3, 2006 11:25:52 AM