Kashechkin tests positive, suspended

The Astana cycling team announced Wednesday that Kazakh Andrey Kashechkin tested positive for homologous blood doping following an out-of-competition test in Belek, Turkey on August 1.

Kashechkin was suspended by the team pending the outcome of his “B” sample, should he request that the follow-up test be conducted. Kashechkin’s teammate, Alexander Vinokourov was suspended following his own positive for homologous blood doping — the use of a donor’s red blood cells to enhance endurance — during the Tour de France.

“The positive test by Kasheckin is another blow to the credibility of this team,” said an Astana spokesperson. “This new blow will only embolden us to impose even more draconian measures for a clean sport.”

Wonder when all the bad/good news is going to end this year … after all the sponsors announce their withdrawals from the sport?