In the news: UCI chief Brian Cookson wants Astana’s Alexandr Vinokourov to testify

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  • Published Jul. 28, 2014
Alexandr Vinokourov's presence on Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team staff attracted some criticism during this year's Tour de France. Now, Brian Cookson wants the Kazakh to testify before the anti-doping commission. Photo: Tim De Waele |

The UCI president, Brian Cookson, has called upon Alexandr Vinokourov and Bjarne Riis, the heads of the two most prominent teams in this year’s Tour de France, to testify before the independent commission on cycling’s doping history as a way of helping the sport move on from its past.

Vinokourov, who is in charge of the Tour de France winner’s Astana squad, tested positive for blood doping in 2007. Riis, who is in charge of Tinkoff-Saxo, winners of three mountain stages and the king of the mountains prize, confessed to having used erythropoietin to win the 1996 Tour; he was initially expunged from the record but subsequently reinstated.

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