UCI calls for withdrawal of Astana license over doping

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — Cycling’s governing body has requested the withdrawal of the Astana team’s license for the 2015 World Tour after a series of doping cases.

The UCI announced Friday that an audit by the Institute of Sport Sciences at the University of Lausanne into Astana’s management of anti-doping measures found “a big difference” between the team’s practices and the structures it had committed to in order to combat doping.

It said there were “compelling grounds” to refer the matter to the licensing commission and request that Astana’s license to compete be removed.

The audit was commissioned after doping cases involving Astana riders Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy and team trainee Ilya Davidenok.