Andrei Kashechkin and his lawyer were heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday in hopes of having him reinstated to the world of professional cycling.
"We have presented our arguments and I hope for a positive outcome," the Kazakh Kashechkin rider told Cyclingnews. He expects to be allowed to race again on August 1, which is two years after he supposedly failed an anti-doping control taken during his holiday in Turkey after the 2007 Tour de France.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) claimed he tested positive for an illegal for blood transfusion. The Kazakh federation never suspended him because it said B-sample documents were missing.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision will be announced within two weeks.
While in Lausanne Kashechkin was tested for the first time in two years by Cycling Union controllers. "I had entered in the ADAMS [Anti-Doping Administrative Management System - ed.] system that I was in Lausanne and the UCI knew which day I had my hearing," said Kashechkin.
Kashechkin plans to look for a team if the Court of Arbitration gives him the green light.