Victor Okishev, a 20-year-oldAstana rider, has tested positive for steroids from a test taken in May.
that is now 4 Kazakhstani Astana riders in the past few months.
when i rode the UCI Asia Tour there was a feeling amongst the peloton that the Kazakh riders generally were not all they appeared to be. it was a hunch, going off performances we had seen. at the very least the nation seems to have something of a problem, as does its national team, with the abuse of banned substances.
it must have nothing to do with their general manager and national hero (destined to be president too by the looks of things) being an unrepentant doper himself.
no, not at all.
Nibali, what have you got to say now? time to get out, some might argue. but where to? Tinkoff? Vaughters and Garmin? any of the other teams staffed by former dopers?
yet again, the UCWhy reaps what they have sowed, and we get to choke on it…