By Susan Westemeyer
Andrey Kashechkin is continuing to train and hopes to find a new employer, according to his attorney. The Kazakh rider tested positive this past summer for blood doping, which charges he continues to deny.
"Andrey is ready to sign a contract with the option for the team to cancel it if he receives a disciplinary sanction," said attorney Luc Misson, according to the Belga press agency. "Andrey continues to train and has an excellent condition."
Kashechkin tested positive in an unannounced out-of-competition test while on vacation in August. He was subsequently dismissed by Team Astana. In November a Belgian court rejected his argument that the doping test violated his human rights, ruling that it has no jurisdiction in the matter, and that Kashechkin had agreed to undergo such testing when he accepted his license.
Misson continued to maintain that the UCI's doping controls violate a rider's human rights, including his right to privacy. He further claimed that Kashechkin's B-sample was tested 22 days after the A-sample, which is later than allowed and therefore was not valid.