This Wednesday, UCI released a positive test for EPO concerning the rider Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana).

The team manager, Alexandre Vinokourov, warned personally Roger Legeay, president of MPCC, to give an explanation about this new case.

This is the second alleged doping offense involving riders of the Astana team in less than twelve months, after the one of Valentin Iglinskiy, who tested positive on August, 11st. In this case, according to the MPCC regulation, a member team agrees on a voluntary basis to temporarily suspend operations for eight days from the next World Tour race.

This approach does, however, apply only after the result of the counter-analysis, if the rider requests it. MPCC has specifically asked the Astana team to hear its rider Maxim Iglinskiy, in order to know if he makes a confession or requests counter-analysis.

If this counter-analysis is claimed, MPCC wishes that the result will be quickly released, as it was already the case in similar circumstances last year.