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Astana to keep WorldTour licence
05 May 2015 20:08
Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team avoided having their WorldTour licence withdrawn last month after cycling's Licence Commission deemed that the punishment would be disproportionate to the doping offences committed by some of their riders last season, it has been revealed.
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World governing body the UCI had asked for the Kazakhstan-based team's licence to be withdrawn after reviewing the results of an independent audit into the team, which had been ordered after a number of anti-doping infringements by Astana and their feeder team and which was conducted by the Institute of Sport Sciences at the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) earlier this year.
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The Licence Commission announced on 23 April that Astana's licence would not be withdrawn, and the UCI on Tuesday published details of their ruling.
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In it, the Licence Commission said that the majority of the issues raised by ISSUL could be resolved by reforms within the team, finding evidence that such a process had begun.
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