Astana fires Vinokourov after 'B' sample revealed

Updated: July 30, 2007, 6:12 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PARIS -- Alexandre Vinokourov has been fired by the Astana team following his positive test for blood doping during the Tour de France, the team announced Monday.

"Astana Cycling Team received confirmation that Alexandre Vinokourov's "B" sample was 'non negative'," the Swiss team backed by Kazakh companies said in a statement.

"Consequently, the Kazakh rider has been sacked by Astana cycling team with immediate effect."

Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping following ...

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