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Astana suspends Bazayev over whereabouts

Susan Westemeyer
June 15, 2009, 12:21 BST,
June 15, 2009, 12:35 BST
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Tour de Luxembourg
Assan Bazayev (Astana) took the first victory for Team Astana

Assan Bazayev (Astana) took the first victory for Team Astana

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Lance Armstrong's team stops Kazakh rider

Team Astana suspended Kazakh Assan Bazayev for two weeks for incorrectly reporting his "whereabouts". He was unable to start the Tour de Suisse because of he suspension..

This is an "internal sanction," Astana spokesman Philippe Maertens told Cyclingnews. "He failed to fill in his whereabouts. It is a signal to all team riders that we don't want problems."

All riders are required to notify the anti-doping authorities of their whereabouts, or location, at all times, so that they can be located for doping controls.

Bazayev, 28, finished fifth in the Tour of Luxembourg last week, where he wore the leader's jersey for one stage. He is also the current Kazakh national road champion.

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