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Astana rider Valentin Iglinskiy has been fired with immediate effect from the team, with the rider getting his marching orders after the UCI handed him a provisional suspension after a positive A test for EPO.
The governing body disclosed Tuesday that the Kazakh rider was sidelined from the sport. “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that it has notified Kazakh rider Valentin Iglinskiy for an Adverse Analytical Finding of EPO in a sample collected in the scope of the 2014 Eneco Tour on 11 August 2014,” it said in a statement. It added that he had “the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.”
However, according to a statement by his Astana team, it looks like the rider may not elect to have that second sample tested. “Valentin has admitted to using prohibited substances on his own initiative and independently, without any consultation from the Astana Pro Team staff,” it said.
“In its wish for full transparency, Astana Pro Team has refused to defend a rider who failed to respect the rules and ethics as stipulated in his contract and who has failed to behave in a manner consistent with other riders in his team and within professional cycling.”
The team said that it was confirming “our commitment to clean cycling without doping.”
Iglinsky is a past winner of stages in races such as the Tour of Qinghai Lake, the Tour of Bulgaria, the Presidential Tour of Turkey and the Tour du Loir et Cher, and took the overall classification in the Tour of Hainan in both 2010 and 2011.
He was 100th on the opening stage of the Eneco Tour on the day of his positive test, suggesting it was a targeted control.
The 30 year old is the younger brother of Maxim Iglinskiy, the 2012 Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner.