Conspiracy theory fans, here you go.

It seems that the other ProTour teams are still not finished flogging Alexandre Vinokourov. All of the teams (Except AG2R, Phonak, and Astana) met to ask for the permanent suspensions of both Phonak and Astana.

“In light of the confusion and the disastrous image caused by the latest affaires, the ProTour teams unanimously demand that the UCI License Commission study the immediate provisional suspension of Astana and Phonak.”
According to Velonews, the teams also asked for:

  • The UCI License Commission should meet by Monday to rule whether the ProTour licenses of both teams are valid.
  • The UCI should reveal all riders implicated in the “Operación Puerto” doping investigation by next Tuesday at the latest.
  • The ProTour teams reiterated their decision to apply the Ethics Code in a firm manner.
  • The formation of a working committee to suggest changes to the Ethics Code to adapt to today’s situation, especially on how to best deal with irregularities within teams.

Astana is looking to create a new team to avoid the legacy of Manolo Saiz and Operation Puerto.

Are we that afraid of Vino that we need to keep him out of every grand tour?


Vino’s career and Astana on life support?


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