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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Astana confirm Kashechkin firing
Andrey Kashechkin
Kashechkin's positive sample was given after the Tour de France
Andrey Kashechkin has been sacked by his Astana team following confirmation of a positive test for blood doping.

His team leader, Kazakh compatriot Alexandre Vinokourov, was sacked during the Tour de France for the same reason.

"As it was to be expected, the B sample of Andrej Kashechkin has also tested positive for blood doping," said Astana in a statement.

"After being temporarily suspended by the Astana cycling team, Kashechkin is dismissed with immediate effect."

Kashechkin, who finished third overall in last year's Tour of Spain, was snared during a random doping control while training in Turkey on 1 August.

Both he and Vinokourov have protested their innocence and vowed to fight their sanctions. Both are facing two-year bans from the sport.

Astana withdrew from the Tour de France following Vinokourov's positive test and were subsequently banned from the Tour of Spain, which begins on 1 September.



SEE ALSO
Astana banned from Tour of Spain
13 Aug 07 |  Cycling
Vinokourov fired by Astana team
30 Jul 07 |  Cycling


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