By Susan Westemeyer
Andrey Kashechkin has separated himself from his Belgian lawyer, Luc Misson. A reason for the decision was not made public.
The former Astana rider tested positive for blood doping during an unannounced control while on vacation the beginning of August. He and Misson subsequently filed a lawsuit in Belgium charging that doping controls violate basic human rights. Misson said at the time that he was willing to pursue the case to the highest courts possible.
The Belgian court refused to hear the case, announcing the end of November that it had no jurisdiction in the matter.
It was not known whether Kashechkin would continue the lawsuit.